News of Sun City Center October 2021

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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Sun City Center

October 2021

CA SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 4 Board Workshop Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. Also, via Zoom ID: 848 0412 2277 Passcode: 726218 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. Also, via Zoom ID: 864 7334 9955 Passcode: 276979 19 Club Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 10 a.m. Also, via Zoom ID: 885 8712 2768 Passcode: 075650 25 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. 27 Membership Meeting Community Hall – 3 p.m. Also, via Zoom ID: 864 5043 2595 Passcode: 439762

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email.

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

Art Club Members Paint Through the Pandemic

By Bob Sanchez The Sun City Center Art Club reopened its Art Gallery to the public on September 1 with the work of two dozen members, featuring paintings they created during the 2020 pandemic. The participating painters were Jean Beardsley, Mary Chabot, Irena Davis, Mollie Fleck, Marion Giblin, Gary Gicking, Maureen Hileman, Gloria Hosek, Carol Husinka, Paul Kennedy, Meredith King, Bob Krowl, Marsha Lucidi, Bev Majewski, Faye McKeown, Anne Morton, Lori Murray, Dolores Phelps, Sandy Schuman, Ali Shannon, Flo Slater, Mel Solochek, Roberta Solochek, and Richard Whalen. Mel Solochek is the Gallery Director. The show will be a recurring public event on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Art Club on 954 Cherry Hills Drive. Be sure to have your current Community Association ID with you, and protocols for vaccinations, mask wearing, and social distancing will apply. The Club serves snacks and beverages, which I can attest are delicious. The artwork changes monthly, according to President Lee Anne Eckert, “giving all members a chance to share their work from beginner level to advanced. Our members are inspired

by the many different types of artwork exhibited and offer each support and encouragement.” Painting lessons are available to all levels, “no experience required,” she added. They also have Open Studio time on Wednesday afternoons, except for the first Wednesday when we have the Gallery Opening. They also hold a yearly art show each January or February. For more information about the Art Club, call Lee Anne at 973-714-5019 or email her at “laeckert@gmail.com.”

Dozens of Art Club members put their brushes to good use during the pandemic.

Marsha Lucidi displays her painting of birch trees.

Gary Gicking was among the 24 artists showcased on September 1.

FallFest October 16: Don’t miss it! Entertainment, Food, Art, Shopping, and a Health Fair By Diane M. Loeffler Rain or shine, FallFest will take place on October 16. The day will begin at the gazebo with opening remarks, the flag raising, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. The rest of the day will be similar to our traditional March FunFest with entertainment, food, club sales, vendors and a health fair. Participants include 74 clubs and organizations, 12 businesses, a bloodmobile, and health care services. Where to Park Car and golf cart drivers are encouraged to park by Community Hall (1910 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard). Aston Gardens will be providing three buses to take you from the Community Hall Parking Lot on South Pebble Beach to the Community Association Administration Building on North Pebble Beach. Three buses will run continuously from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. These buses are handicapped accessible. Each air conditioned bus has 24 comfortable seats plus two places for wheelchairs. Remember: the parking lots in and near North Pebble Beach and Cherry Hills will all be closed. There will be no car parking available near North Campus. For safety reasons, no one should park along the nearby streets. Golf carts may also opt to park in the fields behind the Atrium Building’s

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Many clubs, groups, and volunteer organizations will be on hand to entertain, intrigue, and inform you at FallFest (News file photo).

parking lot. This is where the temporary offices once stood. Be sure to remember where you park. Look For Information booths will be set up at the CA Office where the buses drop you off, at the end of the Pottery Wheel Building, along Cherry Hills Drive, and inside the Atrium Building. Volunteers will give you maps with schedules and answer your questions. The booth near the Pottery Wheel Building will also be the lost and found (people and items) area during the festival. You will see men and women wearing bright orange shirts or jackets. These HAM radio operators will help you if you are lost or if you are looking for someone who is lost. What to Bring Bring your appetite, your shopping list, some cash, masks, and your cell phone. The following items are on the menu: breakfast sandwiches, sloppy

joe’s, hot dogs, potato salad, beans, apple and cherry pies (with ice cream and toppings), BBQ chicken sandwiches, grilled pork chops, homemade cookies, homemade brownies, burgers, chips, beverages and popcorn. Just in case the menu changes or clubs run out of your favorites, have alternatives in mind. Popcorn will be sold near the gazebo, the other items in the parking areas near Rollins Theater. FallFest will be an opportunity to buy some genuine “made in Sun City Center” items created by your talented friends and neighbors. You will also be able to buy gift baskets and other items. Shop locally to get great deals while supporting clubs. Many clubs donate all or a portion of their revenues to area charities. Feeling lucky? There will be many chances to purchase raffle tickets for all sorts of items. Masks are requested for when you are inside buildings. When indoors, you

may find you are rather close to other people, especially when you are at the health fair. You might want to take photos of those in your party with your phone. Should one of you get lost or separated from the others, you can show your phone’s photos to the radio club men and women (wearing bright orange). It is much easier for them to reunite people when they can see exactly what the individual is wearing that day. What NOT to bring Leave your pets at home unless they are certified service dogs. Also, do not bring bicycles near the venue area. Leave them at home or near Community Hall. Health Fair Stop by the Horizon Room to talk to companies and individuals offering health care services. One new service is flu shots. Walgreens will be providing up to 100 of them. You can walk through the Horizon Room to the parking lot where a Bloodmobile will welcome anyone willing and able to donate blood. Entertainment There are six places providing entertainment. The gazebo will be the site for the opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. Starting at 9:15, go to the Florida room for presentations or performances by Southeastern Guide Dogs, the Women’s Chorus, Par for the Chorus and Wonders of Nature. The Dance Studio will start with Cloggersizers at 9:30 followed by Let’s Dance Ballroom Dancers, Jazzmatazz, and West Coast Swing and Country Dance. The Main Tent will be set up near the Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Drive. At 9:30, Razzmatazz (a ventriloquist) will perform as well as the Dukes, Bill “Elvis” Lindsay with

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October 2021

The News of Sun City Center

REMINDER APPLICATIONS FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS are available in the CA Office

There are three positions open for 3-year terms January 5, 2022 – January 2, 2025 Completed applications must be returned to the CA office by 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2021

SCCCA MEMBERSHIP MEETING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021 3:00 p.m. VIA ZOOM ID: 864 5043 2595 – Passcode: 439762 200 members required for a quorum

-AGENDA-

I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: · January 2, 2020 and April 28, 2020 III. Treasurer’s Report · Discussion of 2022 Budget IV. Community Manager’s Report V. President’s Report VI. Good & Welfare VII. General Discussion by Members VIII. Adjournment Ron Matelski Corporate Secretary

Trail Blazing By John Lampkin

Butterfly and moth tongues are often described as being like soda straws. However, a close look in the field shows that this is a poor analogy. A lepidopteran never takes in fluids through a hole in the end of the tongue as if it were a straw, but rather lays it flat like the Blackdotted Sprangueia Moth is doing in the photograph. Electron microscope images confirm that the tongue is a complex organ with sensory organs, glands and an open architecture that suggests an absorbent sponge more than a straw. When laid flat, the absorbent surface area is dramatically increased, perfect for soaking up even the minimal amounts of nectar in flower crannies. Males also can often be observed with their tongues lying flat to absorb the moisture and salts in mud flats or stream banks. In fact, the tongue, scientifically called a proboscis, evolved for absorbing such fluids millions of years before flowering plants with their nectar evolved. This beautiful moth was taking nectar from a saw palmetto flower on the Sun City Center Nature Trails. The plants flower abundantly in the spring and sporadically throughout the year, saying to all pollinators, “Come and get me!” Butterflies and moths respond to the offer with their tongues hanging out, not their soda straws! The Nature Trails is an ongoing project of the SCC Audubon Club in cooperation with the SCCCA. The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. Join us for interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 am.

Statement of Purpose

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

Veterans Photo Shoot for SCCCA Members

The next photo shoot for the Veterans Wall of Honor Project as shown in the Atrium will be held on Saturday, October 30, from 10 to 12 noon in the Photo Lab located in the multipurpose building at the corner of North Course Lane and N. Pebble Beach Blvd.

This is available for all Community Association members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Military. Please call Carol Donner in the CA office (813-633-3500) to register, along with your CA membership number, by 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, and you will be assigned a specific time.

60 Years Ago in Sun City Center

By Ilona Merritt Developer, Del Webb, had special plans for what is now SCC. He purchased land in south Hillsborough County and brought his supplies, house plans, and equipment via rail cars from Arizona to Wimauma in order to build a new retirement community in Florida. In October 1961, his Vice President, Thomas E. Breen, went to Hillsborough County to file restrictive covenants and restrictive conditions into the official record book. It is very interesting reading. He laid out all the details of his new Sun City community. From the size of the living space of the new homes, to the placement of each building on the lot. Where the carports, garages, and “servants’ quarters” were to be. He laid out where utilities and drainage facilities were to be placed. #6 on his list stated that no house trailer or temporary or permanent building of any nature detached from the dwelling should be built. He did not want businesses or offices to be built within the home area. In #8, he specifically stated that no swine, horses, cows,

or other livestock shall ever be kept upon a lot. #11 stated that all clotheslines, equipment, service yards, and wood piles be screened by adequate planting to conceal them from the view of neighboring lots or golf course property. Lots of restrictions to read, but that is how Sun City Center became such a beautiful community. A number of residents have seriously delved into the history of our community and have just finished a new book covering all 60 years of our history. It is interesting reading, loaded with pictures, most of them in color and may be purchased at the FallFest and the main authors (John Bowker and Bob Lochte) will be there between 11 am and 12 noon to autograph your book. The book sells for $25 and would make a lovely gift. If you are unable to come to the FallFest, the book will be available on Monday mornings at the Atrium Ticket Kiosk from 10 a.m. to noon starting October 18 through November 22, 2021. If you have any questions contact the History Society (813-6333038) or email “scchistorysoc@gmail.com”.

Volunteering - The Principle Of Selfless Concern

By Ilona Merritt In 1983 one of our SCC residents had problems with a computer, which was still in the early stages of home use. He asked for help, and help came from other SCC residents. They met in their homes until the group grew too large. The CA then gave them a meeting place, and the SCC Computer Club was born. The lesson here? A single call for help led to the creation of one of the largest clubs in SCC. Founded by volunteers, managed by a group of volunteers, educating about computers by yet other volunteers. Some of the volunteers had/have public education in computer science and still volunteer their time, talent, and expertise. This story has been repeated again and again throughout the history of SCC. Many clubs got their start in a similar manner. Whether it is Painting, Needle Arts, Stained Glass, Pottery, or it may be learning a game of cards to join friends. All charitable

groups need help and welcome newcomers. Interested in a specific sport? If it is available in SCC, it was started by a resident willing to volunteer and share their skills. Skill levels of our residents range from “I don’t know how, but let me introduce you to the right person...” to “let me show you how.” None of us knows everything, but we help each other. Many of us have learned the quickest way to become proficient in something is to teach it to others. If you’re not quite comfortable on your own with a given subject, volunteer to assist another Instructor or find someone to team-teach with you. Above all, get involved! Our organizations have many needs for which they need your help! Logistics and member/visitor assistance, for example. Or assisting with classes, or the monthly meetings, or a host of other tasks. Don’t be shy... ask! Think of the principle of selfless concern for the well-being of others and enjoy the rewards!

Newcomers

List prepared from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500. 8/17 thru 9/13, 2021

Due to a computer glitch, there were a number of newcomers in the September issue who were previously listed in the August issue which gave a false impression of the newcomers in one month. The actual count for the September issue should have been 64 not 105. Local Adress Name Hometown State/Country Phone 2206 Arbor Glenn Court John & Kimberly Hohengarten Tacoma WA 719-650-8204 1504 Bentwood Drive Rose Martin Hedgesville WV 304-279-3330 Rodney McCoy 1602 Bentwood Drive Susan Silva Pickerington OH 614-579-3036 907 Bluewater Drive Keith & Laura Reece Ellijay GA 770-851-7055 1603 Comfy Court Melina Piluras Carrboro NC 813-938-1542 1624 Costa Street Karen Fasick 803-389-0770 237 Courtyards Blvd., Apt. 110 Peggy Jones Zanesville OH 813-938-3163 803 El Rancho Drive Andrew & Michael Czyzewski Toledo OH 937-477-3239 2314 Del Webb Blvd., W. Samuel & Cathy Collier New Bern NC 941-400-2778 1045 Emerald Dunes Drive Brett & Kristen Miller White Lake MI 810-772-3973 Annie Miller 810-772-6424 Madeline Miller 810-522-7431 2330 Emerald Lake Drive William Butler Lewis Center OH 503-586-4203 Jacqueline Rice 736 Fairway Ridge Court Martha Spoo Hillsboro MO 314-650-4611 1614 Faxton Drive Janice Kummer Mattapoisett MA 941-345-5743 825 Fox Hills Drive Cassandra Sanders FL 727-550-7208 1925 Grand Cypress Lane Richard & Cindy Little Coventry RI 401-368-8815 1212 Jasmine Creek Court Marybeth Vallance Charleston WV 859-699-2993 834 La Jolla Avenue Michael & Janice De Benedetto Wayne NJ 973-441-7910 809 Oakmont Avenue Rafael & Shelley Ugartte Gilbert AZ 480-283-4494 830 Oakmont Avenue Etta Spieker Fort Lauderdale FL 954-850-6433 1862 Pacific Dunes Drive Sandra Dempsey Norwood NJ 813-938-3283 314 Pebble Beach Blvd., S. Edward Domingues Perth Amboy NJ 732-725-7770 Minerva Mendez 2212 Platinum Drive Roger & Brenda Reed Moline IL 309-230-4881 308 Stroll Lane Laureen Zizzo Babylon NY 631-806-4227 711 Thunderbird Avenue William & Barbara Giltner San Pedro CA 661-364-5265 1127 Villeroy Drive Timothy & Pamela Lancaster St. Louis MO 314-566-5034 1628 Woodmar Drive Richard Quintanilla Aurora CO 303-250-0569


October 2021

President’s Report

By Bob Sullivan, CA President As we are going into the last quarter of 2021, we look forward to the upcoming election for the three openings on the Sun City Center Board of Directors. You have until October 6 at 3 p.m. to get your application filed for the upcoming election. Applications are available at the CA Office. We are presently testing Becker-Ballot for future electronic voting in SCC. Electronic voting will make it easier for those who want to vote when out of town. But, of course, there will always be in conjunction with electronic voting, paper, and in-person voting. FallFest is happening October 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. FallFest is a combination of FunFest and “Hi, Neighbor!” See all our Clubs along with health stations and food vendors (sponsored by our Clubs), along with some great entertainment. Our 60th-Anniversary Ice Cream Social event will be at the Community Hall on November 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come and reflect on our beginnings and our 60 years of history. On November 10, in the Community Hall Parking lot, we will have a food truck event from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There should be three to four trucks of various foods. This event will be during the meet-the-candidates night for the future directors. Due to the COVID increase, the Committee for the Monday Night Movies has decided not to restart their presentations until January of 2022. The Holiday Golf Cart Parade will be on December 4, at 10 a.m. Would you please mark your calendar and get a Golf Cart decorated and be part of the fun? Contact Larry Smith for further information at “lsmith@suncitycenter.org”.

BOARD UPDATE

Communication, Voting, Finances, County Issues, Courtesy and Events

By Diane M. Loeffler At this time, email news blasts arrive in members’ inboxes. The News of Sun City Center is delivered monthly in mailboxes. Sun Radio (96.3 FM) broadcasts music, interviews, and news daily. The Community Association (CA) posts information on a bulletin board on the north side of the CA Administration Building and another inside Community Hall. Most of the year, club presidents attend a monthly meeting (either inperson or via ZOOM) during which they are kept up-to-date. All members are invited to board meetings (Rollins Theater, second Wednesday of the month) , board work sessions (ten days before the meeting) and Town Hall Meetings. Do you have any additional ideas on keeping people informed? If so, Director Kim Roush would love to hear them. Email her at “kroush@suncitycenter. org”, call her at 813-633-3500 or arrange to visit her at the CA Administration Building located at the north corner of N. Pebble Beach and Cherry Hills. Voting At the September 8 board meeting, Corporate Secretary Ron Matelski thanked the 31 Community Association (CA) election committee volunteers who put in a total of 250 working hours over a three week period. As of August 31, Sun City Center had 11,475 total residents. However, only a small percentage of them vote. The most votes recorded in the last five years was this year’s votes on the building issue. A total of 3,156 ballots were recorded. The proposal failed with a count of 1,393 for and 1,763 against. Currently, the Board is looking into the option of electronic voting as a way to increase the voter count. If it is approved, electronic would be in addition to paper ballots. The board wants to know your ideas for getting more people to vote. Please email your suggestions to “kroush@ suncitycenter.org” or stop by the CA

FallFest continued from page 1. Kevin Brooks, and Nunes at Night. The Rollins Theater will feature the Front Porch Pickers at 11 and 12. The Swim Dancers will perform at the indoor pool from 11:30 to 11:50. Want to Help? If you would like to help out, there are a couple of options. One is to ask your club president if he or she needs assistance. The other is to help at one of the Information Tables. Individuals at these tables hand out programs with maps and schedules and provide directions. If you need to sit, chairs will be available. Shifts are just two hours long. You can opt for 8 to 10, 10 to 12, or 12 to 2. There are usually three people per table each shift, so you won’t be alone. Interested? Call Larry Smith at 813-245-4128 or email him at “Lsmith@suncitycenter.org”.

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administrative office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to talk to one of the directors. Finances T h e B o ard h a s $ 2 , 5 9 3 , 5 8 9 i n its Operations Fund, $1,943,606 in its replacement fund, $43,375 in its Renovation Fund and $3,096,054 in its Capital Fund. In August, 45 homes were transferred (sold) for a total of 418 so far this year. We are averaging 52 homes per month for 2021. Funds from home sales go into the Capital Fund. This year’s annual audit of the CA will be conducted by Carr, Riggs, and Ingram. County Issues Some of our 60-year-old community’s roads are feeling their age. In places, the clay-based supports from the storm sewers are sinking. Roads have potholes. CA Director Gary Bratt and President Bob Sullivan have been in contact with the county on an ongoing basis. They have called, attended meetings and even taken county officials on a tour of our CA streets while pointing out sidewalks and roads in need of repairs. As a result, the county has listed ten roads to be improved. The first three will be Rickenbacker, El Rancho, and North Pebble Beach. Do you have a home in your area that isn’t being properly maintained? Has the yard been neglected? If you live in

a neighborhood with a POA or HOA, contact them. If you don’t, you need to contact the county. The Community Association has no control over those issues. However, the CA would like you to report any homes being occupied by people who do not meet the criteria for our community. Courtesy Be extra careful when driving. No one wants to be involved in a nasty accident. Take your time, be aware and be courteous. Be sure to check in on your neighbors. COVID, ill health, and living alone can result in feelings of isolation, depression, and loneliness. Be the person who cheers up others. Be the neighbor who helps a neighbor. Upcoming Events Celebrate our 60th Anniversary at Community Hall on November 7 in Community Hall. See history displays. Listen to music. Eat ice cream. Win free giveaways. Three or four food trucks will be in the Community Hall Parking lot on November 10 from 3:30 until 6:30. This is also the date for the Meet the Candidates event at Community Hall. Eat, listen and ask questions. Plan to attend or participate in the Holiday Golf Cart Parade at 10 a.m. on December 4.

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SCC New England Club Annual Ham & Bean Dinner

The SCC New England Club will hold its Annual Ham & Bean Dinner on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the SCC Community Hall. Doors will open at 4 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m.. This event is assigned seating and the meal is served family style. Admission is by pre-paid reservation by November 6, 2021. $17 per person for NEC club members. Membership is open to all SCC Community Association members. Annual club membership dues are $5 per person. Info online at “www. SCCNEC.org” or call Elaine Aquilino at 781-201-9208.

Art Club Gelli Demonstration

October 4 at 1 p.m. Anne Walker will demonstrate how to use Gelli plates. Learn how to make your own plates and mono prints. Rollins Theater on SCC CA campus. October 6 Gallery Opening featuring Artwork by Helen Solomon’s Pastel Class. The Art Gallery will be open from 1-3 p.m. and is located in the Art Room. Fall Luncheon on November 8 in the Florida Room in the Atrium Building. Tickets are on sale until November 3 and are $16 per person. Events are open to all members and SCC CA members wishing to learn more about our Club. For more information contact Lee Anne Eckert 813-938-1962.

Park at Community Hall and one of the three buses provided by Aston Gardens will take you to the parking lot in front of the Community Association Administration Building. Driver Jerry Crabb has driven buses for Aston Gardens for 20 years.

Sew’n Sews Donate Dresses

Festival guests clapping and singing along with Bill “Elvis” Lindsay at a previous FunFest (News file photo).

The Sew’n Sews club of Sun City Center recently donated 50 dresses for girls to the New Jerusalem Haitian Church in Tampa. Linda Joseph from the church picked up the dresses and said they will soon go to Haiti where the children will be happy to receive them. Most of the dresses were made by member, Minette Hunt, who makes very creative dresses. Most of the fabric used comes from donations they receive from the public. In addition to charity work, the members share ideas and lessons of things to make with each other. Sew’n Sews are looking to hold classes for beginner sewers and just completed a beginning quilting class. Sew’nSews is open to all members of the Sun City Center Community Association and gold card members from Kings Point. For more information call 813-505-9503 or email “www.scc.sew.n.sews@gmail.com”.


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October 2021

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

SCC Mexican Train Club Every Friday at 12:30 p.m. Royal Room, Atrium

Come join us and learn an easy dominoes game that is lots of fun! Beginners are welcome. Bring your friends or come alone. We hold a tournament the first Friday of each month. Open to all Sun City Center Association members.

Metaphysical Society Presentations

10 a.m., to noon, in the Heritage Room, Atrium Building. Open to Society members and SCCCA residents joining the Club. SCCCA ID is required. Free admission, with a love offering requested. Info: Karen at 830 832-7402. Those wishing to view via Zoom may send email to “metaphysicalsociety@gmail.com” for instructions, before 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening prior. If cancelled, you will be given a credit for a future Zoom link presentation. Wed, October 6 – “Astrology Fixed Stars,” Presentation with second-generation astrologer Will Fellows. Wed, October 20 – “Leaky Gut, Leaky Brain,” Presentation with Board-Certified Chiropractor, Functional Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioner Dr. Debbie Roche. Wed, October 27 – “Pyramids and Billet Readings” Presentation with Robert and Andrea.

Duplicate Bridge Returns in October

We will be playing at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Horizon room, both an open section and a 299 section. Bob Krueger will be directing and we look forward to seeing you there. On Saturdays, except for the 16th when FallFest is happening, we will be playing face-to-face in the Horizon room at 12:30 p.m., two sections an open section and a 499 section. Maggi will be directing. Friday the 0 to 99 players will be playing in the Horizon room, Tom Richard will be directing. 8:30 a.m. for a lesson and 9 a.m. for the game. Thursdays will be bridge practice, supervised by Marianne. Starts at 8:30, in the Horizon Room. To celebrate October and some face-to-face bridge we will be having a picnic on October 30 in the Florida room. The bridge club will provide brats, hamburgers, and hotdogs. Partnership information, schedules, results and lots of information is on our website, “sunccbridge.com”.

Polish-American Heritage Culture Club SCC

Tuesday, October 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sandpiper Room, Room 945-E, Atrium Building The SCC Polish-American Heritage Culture Club offers a warm, fun, and inviting fellowship and welcomes SCCCA residents interested in learning about traditional Polish cultural events that the Club holds. Annual Dues are $5. Mark your calendars for their annual formal Wigilia Christmas Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, December 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., in the Florida Room. Admission: nonmembers $24, members $18 (bringing dessert for six). Tickets available now by calling: Betty 931-446-3879, Holli 443-745-5015 (SCC); Mike: 813-938-3856 (Kings Point).

SCC New England Club Cookout

The Sun City Center New England Club will host another cookout on October 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Horseshoe Pavilion, S. Pebble Beach Blvd., behind Community Hall. This is a recurring monthly event. Hot dogs, burgers, baked beans, bottled water, chips, and cookies will be served. Cost is $5 per person paid upon entry for New England Club members. Non-members will pay an annual $5 per person New England Club membership fee and $5 per person cookout fee. Email Bob Sanchez at “suncitywriter@gmail.com” to reserve. Must wear SCCCA badge for entry. You can bring other beverages and/or lawn chairs if desired. BYOB. If necessary, the rain date will be October 15.

Metaphysical Society Charity Outreach

The Metaphysical Society donated money to Wimauma Elementary School. The school’s student population has increased and they needed more outdoor lunch tables for the children. On Friday, August 20, Principal Ismael Lebron-Bravo gratefully accepted the Society’s $500 donation from Treasurer Liz Rice and President Ken Wrasse for the school project.

SCC Organ & Keyboard Club Open

The club meets Thursdays (October 7, 14, 21 this month) in the Armstrong Room for a group lesson from 10-11 a.m. The cost is $3, no instrument is needed, or a reservation, beginners through advanced players are welcome, Kings Point members welcome with a gold card. Mask required. Info online at “SCCOKC.org”. We rotate teachers every week, so you get a variety of teaching methods and songs. Included with the class is sheet music, the song you will learn that day, it is yours to keep with your personal notes on it for homework.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. Topic: An Early Look at Windows 11 (live demo) Computer Club Classes The Computer Club Lab is open with limited activities. Some classes will be held in the lab and some classes will be held as Virtual classes using GoToMeeting teleconferencing software. Registered students will receive an email with instructions, the day before the virtual class. Sign up for classes can be done online. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Pauline Baker, Education Director at “paulinebaker864@gmail. com”. More details: “scccomputerclub.org”; also available in the computer lab. Buying a Computer – Monday, October 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. iPad/iPhone for Seniors – Thursday, October 14, from 9 to noon. Cut the Cord? – Tuesday, October 26, from 9 to 11 a.m.

SCC Lapidary Club Gift Shop Hours

The SCC Lapidary Club is announcing that, starting in October, their gift shop hours return to the normal five days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. The shop will also be open Saturday, October 16 for FallFest, and the entire store will be 10% off that day. To help celebrate this upcoming event, the Club will raffle off a $50 Gift Certificate, good for anything for sale in the shop! Visit the shop to see all the beautiful, unique jewelry and decorative items crafted by our club members.

Potters Wheel Is Ready For FallFest

The Potters Wheel Club is ready for FallFest with new yard art and pottery pieces, handmade by your SCC friends. The Potters Wheel Studio, located directly south of the pool, will be open from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 for FallFest sales and demos. Ten pottery teams have been working all summer to create garden art totems for sale during FunFest. This year’s totem themes include golf, ocean animals, Florida, and ultra-modern themes. The special garden totems will be on display outside the building and will sell fast, however, there are two beautiful totems held back for raffle.

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Houseboating on the St. Johns River

By Ilona Merritt If you’re looking for entertainment, shopping, or fancy restaurants on your vacation, this one is not for you. However, if you ever wanted a truly relaxing holiday, houseboating on the St. Johns River would be the answer. The St. Johns River is the longest in Florida and is significant for commercial and recreational use. At 310 miles long, it flows north and winds through or borders twelve counties. The drop in elevation from headwaters to mouth is less than 30 feet. Like most Florida waterways, St. Johns has a shallow flow rate of 0.3 mph and is often described as “lazy.” My long-time dream of a houseboat trip came true this summer, with my husband and two dear friends. Hontoon State Park near Deland was our destination. Once you leave I-4, it is all two-lane country roads. We had to cross a drawbridge before turning onto Hontoon Road, where the Holly Bluff Marina was located, only to

travel later on the river when we had to radio the Bridge Tender to open up the bridge for us to pass beneath. Upon arrival at the marina, we were greeted by a very gracious and helpful staff. The entire area was well organized, and the houseboats were all lined up waiting for us. They are well cared for, and supplied with everything we needed for the trip. We only brought our food and packed casual clothes. An amicable staff member came

The Eagle Experience

The USCGC Eagle

By Ilona Merritt The USCGC Eagle is a 295foot, three-masted barque used to train future United States Coast Guard officers. Known as “America’s Tall Ship,” the majestic Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only active squarerigger in U.S. government service. Eagle trains cadets and officer candidates throughout the summer, and fall, teaching them practical seamanship skills while indoctrinating them in the Coast Guard’s afloat leadership laboratory. The Coast Guard planned two six-week training tours for the summer of 2021 aboard the Eagle. Phase I left New London, Connecticut, where the Coast Guard Academy and the Eagle

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are based, and sailed to the Azores Islands and Reykjavik, Iceland. While the cadets were ready to return home, the cadets for phase II arrived in Reykjavik to bring the Eagle home. Their route took them to Bermuda and then to New London. There were about 120 cadets and 80 crew members on board. Pat McAlvey, with his wife, Judy, moved to SCC in 2016. He was looking for volunteer work but wanted something unique. Pat, a former Police Officer from Dallas, TX, met a fellow Police Officer who had moved here from New York. The suggestion of joining the Auxiliary Coast Guard came up, and Pat joined the group. He had always liked cooking and grilling and decided to go to the Coast Guards Chef Program.

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aboard and gave us instructions on how to handle the boat, and off we were on our adventure. It is important to know that whenever the boat is moving, it must be piloted. Therefore we appointed a captain and a first mate. A cruise on St. Johns is a return to original natural Florida. The scenery along the river varies with elevation. Pines occur in the higher areas while palms, swamps, and marshes variously border the river and its tributaries.

Much of the land bordering the river is part of the Ocala National Forest and will never be developed. Many parts of the Tarzan movies were filmed here, and while relaxing on the deck, it was easy to imagine Tarzan traversing through the trees and swamps. Wildlife is abundant. In the winter, the manatee travel to this area for the warm water springs, constant 72 degrees. We saw great blue and little blue herons, ospreys, and eagles soar in the sky above. Lest we forget, fishing is prevalent. There is no swimming in the river. The water is brackish and brown with tannin. Alligators are common, as are other water inhabitants, such as bull sharks and snakes. The route to travel is laid out very precisely and was sent with the contract. There was plenty of time to study the course. With Lake Monroe on one end and Lake George on the other end, there were many things to see and wildlife to watch. It is essential to stay in the channel due to the shallow water. There

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“Ready, Aim, Medal!”

Mary Tucker and Lucas Kozenisky won silver in the mixed team air rifle event. Unlike archery, all competitors shoot at the same time and their scores are combined when the time has expired. Photo courtesy of Mary Tucker.

By Kai Rambow When Mary Tucker, from Sarasota, mentions her sport is shooting, she typically gets one of two reactions: “Oh, so you ski.” “Oh yeah, the ones where the things fly.” “People think of shotgun [skeet] or biathlon,” Tucker explained in a recent interview. Tucker, who won a silver medal in the new mixed team air rifle event, succeeded with her teammate Lucas Kozenisky. The journey to a silver medal was not without challenges. “I was 14 and picked a high school my mother didn’t want me to go to. She said, ‘Fine, if you go there, you have to be on a sports team. I don’t know why. I guess she wanted me to be involved in something.’ “They had a night where you could see all the different teams. The shooting team had a big banner with a rifle on it. She tried to steer me away

Olympic medalist Mary Tucker. In air rifle, competitors stand and shoot for 30 minutes at 30 targets or longer. The rifle weighs about 12 pounds and is held as depicted here. Photo courtesy of Mary Tucker.

from that. I said, ‘No, no. We’re going to that one.’ “When I first started, I was very, very bad at it. We had 20 people on the team and I was probably the worst. “The high school coach knew I wasn’t very good and he made that known. I started becoming a little bit better and beating some of the other team members. He said, ‘I don’t need you to be great. You need to settle for good.’ That did not sit well with me.

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Heroes, Helpers, andBy Halloween E. Adam Porter

Editor, News of SCC & South County My son rolled down the truck window, stuck his head outside, and breathed deep. A big smile crept across his face. “Smells like fall.” He pulled his head back in the cab, hair looking like it was styled by Albert Einstein. “I love this time of year. It just feels different. Fresher or something.” On paper, early fall in Florida shouldn’t feel much different. Temps still flirt with 90 and afternoon thunderstorms keep everyone inside. But he’s right, there is a different feel in the air. Not quite as hot, and certainly not as humid. It’s amazing how much of a difference a point or two can make. I glance over at my son, see his mind churning, a train of thought chugging ahead, the smile still plastered across his face. “What’s on your mind?” He looks over, blinks, slipping out of a daydream. Mischief sparkles in deep blue eyes. “Halloween,” he pauses, looking introspective, “It smells like Halloween outside.” Halloween. One of the two days around which the entire kid year revolves. His favorite of the two as it happens. The boy loves Christmas, but Halloween is more his speed. There’s pageantry and reward: costumes, exercise, meeting strangers… To him, it’s not just troops of ghosts and witches and super heroes marching through the night, plastic pumpkins bouncing against their legs. There’s also a story: Why each kid chose this costume or that one, who they are, and how they feel when they tug it on. Last year, thanks to the pandemic, there was no trickor-treating for my crew. We still had costumes. For him, this part of the ritual of Halloween is primarily important. When he dons the costume, he’s not playing a part, he’s becoming a character in a story that never really stops running in his mind. In past years, that meant a transformation into Paramedic

John Gage, hero of the TV serial Emergency!; Captain America, symbol of freedom and protector of the vulnerable; Optimus Prime, leader of the heroic Autobots; and, for two years, Captain Rex, a Star Wars clone trooper who went rogue, fighting for the Rebellion against the nefarious Empire. Ask him, and he will tell you not only who these characters are, but what they do… and, more importantly, who they do it for. They rescue those in need, heal the hurting, fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and they stand up for right against all the odds. Hearing him talk about these values puts a smile on my face, because I’ve been very intentional in sharing those ideas with him. We tell hero stories, and – following the advice of the esteemed Mr. Fred Rogers – when there’s a real-life tragedy, we “look for the helpers.” There are always helpers. Regular folks willing to take heroic action to help friends, neighbors, even strangers. From the volunteers of the SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol, to the countless volunteers in all the service organizations and charity groups around the community: helping the hungry, the homeless, and the hurting. Coming together to make the community better, safer, and kinder. Like the fictional heroes my son wears when he’s out hunting candy, each of these heroes has a story, and they create stories of hope each and every day. You can read one of these stories in this issue of The News, on page 10. I watch my son for a moment, then traffic starts moving again, and I shift my attention back to the road. One part of my mind is still working, chasing my own train of thought along similar tracks. I think about all the small ways we can help each other. Easy things like returning a shopping cart, not parking in handicap loading zones, or wearing a mask to avoid spreading a virus. Sometimes, it can be as simple as holding our temper in traffic, or when someone is being rude or disagreeable. Sometimes, just choosing to listen without any expectations or assumptions. Not as heroic as saving a life, but these are choices that make someone else’s day better, happier, less stressful. “Dad,” my son said, “What’s on your mind?” “Thinking about ways to help people.” “You think about that a lot?”

“Not as much as I should.” “You ask us about it every night at dinner,” He reminded me. That’s true. That’s one of the questions my boys have heard just about every night for years: ‘What’s something nice you did for someone today?’ He looked thoughtful, “So, you think about it at least every day.” I nodded, “More or less, sure. What I mean, though, is that, a lot of times, I get too caught up in what I’m doing, or how I’m feeling, to think about the people around me. I worry too much about what’s convenient for me, so I’m not thinking about what they need.” “It’s okay to think about what you want,” he said, “Sometimes, I can’t help it.” It was my turn to grin, “Yeah, me neither. But I’m trying to do better.” He nodded, “Me too…” The thoughtful expression dissipated. His train was running back on its own track. “So, I’ve been thinkin’ about who I should be this year.” “Yeah, I bet whatever it is, it will

be pretty cool.” “Very cool!” his eyes lit up, “I can’t wait!” A bit of a cloud passed over his face, “Even if we can’t trick-or-treat this year, can we still drive around, look at the decorations, like we do at Christmas?” I nodded, and his grin returned. “Can we ride in the back of the truck?” “Around the neighborhood, sure.” His smile remained as his thoughts turned inward, visions of cruising, listening to music, marveling at the elaborate and spooky decorations. I wondered who he was being in his mind’s eye. Which hero’s guise did he inhabit? I had a few guesses, but he’s surprised me in the past, so I stayed quiet. Revealing who he wants to be is part of the joy, a key aspect of the story. So, we sat in comfortable silence, windows down, sweet-smelling fall breeze filling the truck. He thought about being a hero for Halloween, and I pondered how I could do better today… I hope, at some point, he did too.

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SCC Lions Club Annual Christmas Wreath Sale

The Sun City Center Lions Club is once again taking orders for their annual live Christmas Wreath sale. All orders and money for the wreaths must be in no later than Monday, November 1. The wreaths are shipped from Washington state in a refrigerated truck and will arrive the week after Thanksgiving, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy. If you don’t know a Lion, please feel free to call Lions Maryanne and Harry Eberle, 609-694-8235 or Lion Ellen McGovern, 633-4202.

“The Play’s the Thing” to Help You Avoid Being Scammed

By Diane M. Loeffler Attend a fun 45-minute play on Saturday, November 6 in Kings Point’s Veterans Theater. Our own Pelican Players will be performing and you just might see our Community Resource Deputy, Deputy Jeff Merry. “Fool Me Once: Harrietta’s Absolutely Horrible Day” is a well-written, entertaining play covering topics such as contractor fraud, identity theft and funeral fraud. Everyone in the area is welcome to attend this free performance. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the play starts at 6:30 p.m. After the play, a panel will answer any questions you might have.

AAUW To Have Chamber Director as October Speaker

The local SCC SouthShore Branch of AAUW is pleased to have Lynne Conlan as the Speaker for their October meeting. Lynne is currently the Executive Director of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce and will speak about women in local businesses as well as how COVID has affected so many businesses in our area. Like many groups and clubs, AAUW decided at their August Board meeting to resume having meetings via Zoom rather than in the SCC facilities as planned. The Zoom event is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, and all in the community are invited to hear Lynne speak. Anyone not already an AAUW member should call Angie Maze at 813-505-8998 to be given the Zoom information.

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

NSDAR Participation in Naturalization Ceremony

On September 14, Kay Dubek and Barbara Hellner attended a Naturalization Ceremony on behalf of the Col. George Mercer Brooks Chapter of the DAR of Sun City Center. Kay, pictured, and Barbara passed out pamphlets, which included the Constitution, to the new citizens.

Mike and Cathy Lauro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this summer at their honeymoon hotel, formerly the Seville, now the Miami Beach Edition. They renewed their wedding vows on the rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean. They were VIP guests showered with gifts from their Edition family -- champagne, balloons, flowers, private cabana, and even a mini replica of their original cake, topped with look-a-like bride and groom figures. It was an extraordinary celebration!

L to R: Paul Wheat and Frank Reid, SCCCF board members; Liz Anderson, Chapters Health director of philanthropy; Walt Cawein, SCCCF board president; and Patsie Ginley and Jim Porrett, SCCCF board members (Photo courtesy Sally Reid).

SCC Charitable Foundation Donates to LifePath

The Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc. (“SCCCF”) recently presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Chapters Health Foundation in support of LifePath Hospice of Sun City Center (“LifePath Hospice”) in recognition of the important support services it provides. The funds for this grant originated from the Dr. Patricia A. Ginley Donor Advised Fund within the SCCCF.

Calling all Alpha Xi Deltas

The Alpha Xi Deltas living in the South Shore area meet for a luncheon four times a year. Anyone that was initiated is welcome to attend. The next luncheon will be in October. For more information, call Marianne at 813-634-7770.

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Looking For “Super Heroes”

Would you like to be a Super Hero? We will be walking to raise funds to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and we would love to have you join us! The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9 a.m.

South Bay Genealogy Society Meeting

Tuesday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m. UMC Life Enrichment Center, 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. Round table discussion followed by a sit-down luncheon, which starts at noon. Guest speaker presentation at 1 p.m. This month’s speaker is Rue Lynn Galbraith, whose topic will be “Where the Records Are: There’s a Document Waiting for You.” Cost is $15 per person. Reservations, contact Dianna Loudermilk at 864-607-1330. Make your check payable to SBGS, and mail it to SBGS, P.O. Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Your check must be received by October 7.

Pizza & Movie at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Thursday, October 21, at 5 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 1239 Del Webb Blvd. The $7 ticket will give you all the pizza you can eat, homemade cake, and a soft drink plus a great movie. The movie is “The Courier” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan. In this Cold War spy thriller a British businessman becomes entangled in an international conflict. Recruited by a CIA operative he forms a partnership with a Soviet officer. These men risk danger and race to provide intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis. Info: 813-634-1252 or visit the church office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for tickets.

Eagle Audubon Meeting

October 21, at 2 p.m. Kings Point Clubhouse Banquet Room Eagle Audubon is excited to feature Tom Heitzman, Horticulturist and Founder of the Sweet Bay Nursery, as the first in-person presenter in over a year. His topic is “Birds, Butterflies, and Plants”. For the advancement of community health, the current CDC guidelines will be followed. Refreshments will not be served. For the most current information on future monthly presenters, members enjoyed field trips, membership form ($15 fee), activities, Windowin-the-Woods and Camp Bayou butterfly garden project visit EAS website “eagleaudubonflorida.org”. Or “Like” us on Facebook at “Facebook.com/eagle1984”.

Men’s Club Receives a $29,100 Donation From Community Foundation

The monies will be used to replace old outdated Lifeline units with new updated units. This will allow the Men’s Club to better serve our community. There are over 580 Lifeline users in Sun City Center. In the photo, left to right: Michael Bell, Debbie Caneen, Sandy Council, all from the Community Foundation, Harvey Berman, Men’s Club V.P. Lifeline, and Karen Lanese also from the Community Foundation.

Electronics Recycling

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center, is holding a free Electronics Recycling Event in the church parking lot on Wednesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Urban Erecycling will be on-site and accept items. This is your opportunity to safely and conveniently dispose of these items. Items NOT accepted: CRT monitors, televisions, household batteries, glass bulbs, and paint or varnish. All hard drives will be shredded. For more information, call 813-634-1292.

SCC Shrine Club to Host The Glitz & Glamour Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, October 30. Dinner at 4:30, dancing until 9 p.m. It is with great pleasure that the Sun City Center Shrine Club invites all Community Association and Kings Point residents to our inaugural Glitz and Glamour Gala – A Semi-Formal Dinner Dance Fundraiser on October 30. In an effort to provide our residents a hope of pleasant times ahead and to show our appreciation to the community for 58 years of their support, the SCC Shrine Club is hosting the Glitz & Glamour Gala. This fun filled evening will provide everyone the opportunity to rekindle friendships, goodwill, to dress up in their Sunday best and kick up their heels. The festivities will be at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard. Entertainment will be provided during dinner and afterwards featuring Viki Ryan & The Sunset Social Club Band. The event is a BYOB with mixers provided for your pleasure. The cost is $50 per person and attendance is limited to 304 guests, so it is imperative that you obtain your tickets now. Please see the advertisement in this paper for more information. Don’t miss this!

Center 4Life Learning Step out, get inspired, have fun, be entertained! Center 4Life Learning has a variety of non-credited courses and day trips that will liven up your life. The Fall Semester begins October 11, 2021. Check out our website and register at www.sccumc.com/4lifelearning. Also, course information, trip flyers, and order forms are in the Sun City Center United Methodist Church narthex, to your right when entering the church, and in the Center’s office. Center 4Life Learning office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. DAY TRIPS include: High Tea and Shopping in Mt. Dora, October 12, 2021, $52 Just for Laughs Dinner Theater, Buffet, & Comedy Show “Baggage,” Largo, November 4, 2021, $61 Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, January 14, 2022, $36 Snook Haven Boat Tour, Venice, February 23, 2022, $43 André Rieu Concert, Tampa, March 14, 2022, $112 Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour and Morse Museum Tour, April 5, 2022, $49 Early Bird Dinner Theater, Buffet and Show “The Long Weekend,” Clearwater, May 12, 2022, $66

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Military News Attention Military Veterans

The next meeting of the American Legion Post 246 will be held on Friday, October 29, at 9 a.m. in Room 3, CA Community Hall,1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. Included on the program will be an update of American Legion activities by Steve Tyler, Commander, FL American Legion 15th District. Coffee and donuts will be available at 9 a.m. All veterans and spouses are welcome. For information call Paul Wheat at 813-391-7309 or e-mail at “pawheatjr@aol.com”. Florida Council of Chapters President Mike Borders Presents MOAA leadership awards to Eunice Paxtot and Walt Cawein.

MOAA Officers Given Leadership Awards

Distinguished awards were presented to Eunice Paxtot and Walt Cawein at MOAA SCC’s Monthly Membership Luncheon meeting on Wednesday, September 1. The award was based on the pair’s development and Patriotic program delivered at the July MOAA luncheon. The presentation received rave reviews from the audience who recommended it be delivered at least once yearly around Independence Day. Ms. Paxtot (Col, USA Ret.) and Mr. Cawein (LtCol, USAF Ret.) are officers on the board of the SCC Chapter of Military Officers Association MOAA. Ms Paxtot is first Vice President in charge of programs, while Mr. Cawein is Membership Director. Mr. Borders used the occasion to announce the MOAA’s SCC chapter had again been awarded the Association’s highest award for its operation for this year, The Five Star Level of Excellence.

DAR Meeting Invitation

October 20, at 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and at 1:00 the meeting will begin with our guest speaker Richard Hillyer from the Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club. His topic will be the Radio Club’s Importance Today. The meeting will be held in the Florida Room at the Atrium 945-D North Course Lane. All members, Sun City Center and Kings Point residents and anyone interested in joining the DAR are invited. All CDC guidelines for indoor activities will be followed. Any questions, please contact Carol Acosta, Regent, at 813-997-3954.

Eagle continued from page 1. He became acquainted with Paulette Parent, the National Director of the AUXCA (Auxiliary Culinary Association), and District Officer. He was asked to be a Volunteer Chef aboard the Eagle on a training mission. He agreed to go on Phase II. Eight Culinary Chefs prepare the food for the crew of 200. Pat was assigned to be the chef for the Wardroom where the officers dined, and he had a separate Galley. Cadets also worked in the main Galley to help prepare the food and perform other kitchen duties. The cadets are on rotation to learn all phases of the Cutters operation. Pat’s responsibilities included a small, private dining room where the captain would invite four or five cadets to dine

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I ended up quitting the team. “I was very fortunate to find my personal coach, Jaime. She came up to a state qualifier. She was supposed to be looking at the team I had just quit. Our high school coach had asked her to come up and look at shooters on the team. I ended up going and won. Jaime asked, ‘What about that one?’ ‘No, no, no. We don’t really talk to that one.’ Jaime replied, ‘but I like that one.’ “Jaime is very experienced. She’s been to two Olympic games herself. She saw me and said, ‘I see potential. We’re going to make you the best.’” In air rifle, competitors only shoot from one position – standing. The target is about the size of a half dollar from 10 meters away (33 feet). In individual competitions, shooters take 60 shots in 60 minutes in the qualification round. Think about it. Shooting accurately at a small target for one hour, all the time holding a 12 pound rifle. Even in the mixed team event, it is individual. “There were about

Adam Stanfield Briefs MOAA Group

These are the Culinary Specialists (cooks) that served on the Eagle.

with him every day. This intimate meal is also a part of the officers’ grooming process. Even as a volunteer, the days are long, and the work is tiring. Sailing on the Eagle is not like going on a cruise, and weather in the North Atlantic can be rough. Pat has returned home and continues to serve the members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in this area, and he will share with us the exciting history of The Eagle.

20 teams at the beginning. Everybody shoots 30 shots in 30 minutes all at the same time. Partners scores are then put together,” explained Tucker. To become that good, Tucker spends many hours on the range shooting. She also works out three times a week doing cardio, weights and other training. While many athletes isolated from others due to Covid-19, Tucker did interact with others. “Everybody is really open to talking with each other. You’ll be walking around and people will walk up, ‘Hey, what sport are you?’ ‘What country are you from?’ ‘Do you have a pin?’ Pins were a big deal. The whole atmosphere of the games is really cool.” Tucker is studying kinesiology at the University of Kentucky and wants to go into coaching. She will continue to compete at the college level and has her sights set on the next Olympics. She graciously gave us some time the day before starting classes. We thank her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Mr. Stanfield provided a briefing on Chapters Health program which honors military veterans and first responders with a high quality of life until their last breath. The Valor program provides veterans and their families with home care, hospice care, and grief services along with a number of enhanced program offerings that should be very attractive to aging veterans and their families.

Deputy Bobby Howard Addressed MOWW

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) held their monthly meeting/luncheon at the Freedom Plaza Club, Sun City Center, on September 16. The featured speaker was Motorcycle Deputy Robert “Bobby” Howard. Robert spent eight years on active duty as a US Army Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. During the last 16 years, he has been a Deputy in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, with the last 10 in the Motorcycle Section. Deputy Howard spoke about Operation Patriot, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2004 by employees and retirees of the HCSO. The charity supports the Bandolero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’Lakes, FL, home to some 120 veterans, 75% from Hillsborough County. The meeting was held to induct new members and recognize the service of Companions and others to the organization and wider community. Two new members were inducted into the Chapter: LTC John Ingraham (USA, Ret.) and LTC Rex Lucas (USAF, Ret.). Chapter-level recognition and awards were then presented as follows: Certificates of Appreciation as Top Recruiters to Jim Haney and Dale Vonna; and Outreach Service Medal for his work on Homeland Security Outreach to Ron Silva. The chapter received many awards. The following were presented: Patriotic Education Award; Chapter Newsletter Award; National Security Program Award; Scouting Award; Information and Publicity Program Award; Homeland Security Program Award; Law and Order Program Award; and most important, to Vern Elarth, Chapter of the Year Award, 2nd place for large chapters. Multiple awards were also presented to members of the HCSO. Certificates of Appreciation to Master Deputy Stephanie Krager and Master Deputy Mary Angelo (Ret.); Danielle Harris; Master Sergeant James Escobio; Master Deputy Stephanie Krager accepted a Bronze Patrick Henry Medal for the HCSO Behavioral Resources Unit, serving the homeless and those with mental health challenges in our communities; and MAJ Edward Raburn accepted a Bronze Patrick Henry Medal for the HCSO Judicial Protection Bureau whose Bailiff Deputies ensure safety, security, and smooth running of our courts. Commander Doug Roderick presented the MOWW National Individual Law and Order Outstanding Performance Award to Deputy Charles Williams for his courageous actions in pursuing and finally detaining an individual with mental health problems despite having a knife wound to the neck. Deputy Williams exhibited a high degree of professionalism throughout the ordeal.


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Our Lady’s Pantry Receives $3,000 Gift From Publix Super Market Charities

“For many years, Publix has been a key supporter of Our Lady’s Pantry,” says director Tom Bullaro. “We have just learned from Kelly WilliamsPuccio, executive director of Publix Charities, that we have been approved for $3,000 to be used towards the purchase of a new refrigerated truck. “In addition to providing us with shopping carts overflowing with groceries to share with our

clients each and every week, Publix has helped us in countless ways behind the scenes. With the help of Publix, we have been better able to fight hunger in our little corner of the world. “This donation of $3,000 is our first gift towards a new refrigerated truck we hope to purchase one day. The new truck is on our wish list to replace our oldest used 2006 truck with more than 260,000 miles.”

Just Around the Bend

By Andrea L.T. Peterson While so many small businesses and independent restaurants haven’t survived the 20 months of COVID-19’s self-quarantining and social distancing mandates, a number of new and interesting dining establishments have opened and seem to be doing really well. Big Bend Road and US-301 seems to be the newest hot spot! Within a mile or so of the intersection (east) you will find the Maple Street Biscuit Company and Willie Jewell’s BBQ in the same shopping center as the new Tractor Supply and Goodwill stores. And for those who prefer the more familiar, there’s a Culver’s there, too. The Maple Street Biscuit Company has a wide range of on-the-biscuit menu items like the Risky Biscuit—homemade sausage or shitake mushroom gravy “with a kick,” Biscuits and Gravy, The Sticky Maple—fried chicken breast and pecanwood smoked bacon covered with real maple syrup. There are salads, waffles, classics like oatmeal and eggs as you like them. If you would rather have lunch, Willie Jewell’s BBQ has a diverse menu with large portions—big

enough to share! Not a fan of BBQ or pulled pork, I took a friend with me. We shared the pulled pork platter with hush puppies and mac’n cheese, and Texas toast. Plenty for two for 12 bucks! In addition to pork, they have turkey, beef brisket, sausage, ribs, and chicken. The highlight might be the desserts: banana or bread pudding, peach cobbler, and pecan pie. If those desserts don’t appeal, or BBQ isn’t your thing, Culver’s—practically next door—has burgers, shakes, and other ice cream treats! You can’t go wrong there! Just north of the intersection is Pita's Republic with a menu of Mediterranean dishes that will appeal to vegetarians with Greek style gyros, hummus tabouli, falafels, spinach pie, pita “sandwiches,” and to top it off, a blueberry, mango, peach or strawberry smoothie! Before going, call or check the internet for exact address, hours (when it’s busiest/slowest) pandemic precautions taken or mask requirements. Enjoy! Stay tuned for more Just Around the Bend next month!

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October 2021

Remembering 9/11 at the United Methodist Church

By Bob Sanchez About 350 people came together at the United Methodist Church of SCC on the morning of Saturday, September 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on America. Prayer and poetry mixed with music and memories in an hour-long service that set the perfect tone for a time of remembrance. The service included moments of silence at 8:46 and 9:02. Participants came from Sun City Center, Kings Point, Wimauma, Riverview and Ruskin. Pastors Sam Rorer and Richard Hasley welcomed the audience and offered a poem entitled “We Remember.” Bill Turcotte shared a few of the condolence letters that Deborah Sweeney had written to families of some of the 9/11 victims, all complete strangers to her. Some she had learned about through obituaries appearing in The New York Times. Bill lives in Freedom Plaza, and Deborah lives in Sun Towers. Several residents such as church receptionist Karen Thorne offered their reflections on the somber event and what it continues to mean to America. In an essay titled “We Have a Rule at Our House,” Emi Mead of Kings Point recalled her son and daughter working for American Airlines on that day. The family’s

rule was that each would call home upon a safe landing. Both survived that day, one because of a last-minute switch in shifts. Jeff Jordan, the church’s Director of Worship Arts, reflected that 9/11 taught us that “together, united as one nation under God, we can do anything. Right now in a country more divided, perhaps, than ever, this truth must be embraced… and that unity should not need to be precipitated by violence and war... none of my children really experienced 9/11 like we did, and I think it’s important that they understand that it wasn’t just an historical event to be read about in their American History texts.” The music included a choir of 40 conducted by Jordan. Across the main sanctuary, Bellissima Handbells played the Prelude to Gustav Holst’s “I Vow to Thee My Country.” They are one of four handbell ensembles in the church.

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A New Club In Town: Low Vision Club

By Paula Lickfeldt SCC and KP have a new club. It is a club for low vision, legally blind and blind people. This is not a support group, it is a strictly social club. So many times people with vision problems feel isolated in social settings. This will be a club for these folks to get to know and make friends with other folks with vision problems. The group will be meeting at the SCC United Methodist Church. The first gathering, a meeting to get acquainted, was held on Wednesday, September

29. A group of several people got together to discuss things like; what to call the club, when should the club meet, how often should the club meet and what kinds of activities would the club offer. Ideas for activities presented included game nights, dances, and field trips. Anyone interested in getting more information about the club or to sign up to be a member of the club can do so by contacting Peter Swartz at 294-5916 or emailing him at “Peter@WSCQFN.com”.

Emergency Squad to the Rescue

By Diane M. Loeffler On August 6 at 9:30 a.m., Andrea Peterson and Judy Dean were eating breakfast at the Sun City Center Cafe. Peterson wasn’t feeling at all well. She knew the Emergency Squad gives routine blood pressure checks from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and decided it would be smart to stop there to have hers checked. She and Dean got in their golf cart and headed across the parking lot to the Emergency Squad building. Repeated readings from the blood pressure machines showed alarmingly low readings (59 over 38, at one point). Peterson says, “I felt like I was drooping off the chair. I thought, ‘If this is my time, I’m cool with it.” The Emergency Squad sprang into action keeping her conscious. Peterson remembers them asking her to “stay awake.” The Squad’s ambulances were currently serving others, so they

called Hillsborough County Emergency Services. While Hillsborough County was on its way, Squad members spoke to Dean asking her to return to tell them how Peterson was doing. Peterson was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where she stayed overnight. Andrea Peterson says, “I went back to tell them that I lived! And to thank them!” Has the Emergency Squad helped you after a fall? Fortytwo percent of those calling need help after a fall. Have you taken advantage of borrowing one of their wheelchairs, canes or other devices? Have you called them when you had an emergency? If you are in a wheelchair, have you called them 24 hours in advance to get to an appointment in their medical wheelchair transport van? They offer so many free services. Thank you, Emergency Squad!

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News of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess You may remember “The Color Purple” as a meaningful movie, but did you know that the color purple is also the official hue of the Alzheimer’s Association? The nationally recognized organization is dedicated to finding a cure for this debilitating disease, while offering support to current victims and their caregivers. To that end, Freedom Plaza hosts an annual, fundraising Purple Party. The Plaza’s involvement in Alzheimer’s support began with Connie Lesko, an associate of Freedom Plaza. She is Business Development Coordinator for ROC (Retirement Officers Corporation). ROC was the original sponsor of Freedom Plaza and still plays a major role there. L e s k o ’ s long-time dedication and public efforts to further the cause of Alzheimer’s support inspired Freedom Plaza management to become directly involved by hosting the Purple Party benefits. This year’s Purple Party, held on September 22, was titled, “A Parade of Purple Confections”. The auditorium was decorated in purple; attendees were asked

to wear purple attire and they enjoyed refreshments of hors d’oeuvres and purple punch while being entertained by a jazz trio. While some of the donated treats came from the Freedom Plaza kitchen, a goodly number were created by employees. All Freedom Plaza associates were invited to participate, on a voluntary basis, in this altruistic venture. The response was impressive...and delightfully decadent! With management’s support, amenities from the various departments also became raffle prizes: Transportation will provide a round-trip, when needed, to/from TIA; Dining Services offered a gourmet dinner for six, plus a wine tasting for eight. Housekeeping will conduct an apartment deepcleaning; Finance will deduct $150 off a monthly maintenance fee; Freedom Plaza Golf Course donated a free golf package, and Maintenance will supply the services of a personal handyman. Much more than merely an enjoyable social event with prizes, the 2021 Purple Party provided a convenient means for contributing to the eradication of a disease that has affected, in one way or another, so many Freedom Plaza residents and, indeed, so many residents of our Sun City Center community.

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Sunsational Sedona By Kai Rambow New Age believers are sure the key to success is to move to Sedona and sleep under a pyramid with crystals. A local tour guide map will point out vortex spots (no joke). You can have a less metaphysical experience and still have a fabulous time. Sedona is uniquely beautiful and extremely popular. Red rock formations can be found in an infinite variety. Hotel room rates can be stratospheric. Fortunately, you can do this as a day trip from Phoenix or Flagstaff. It is approximately a two-hour drive from Phoenix, and 45 minutes from Flagstaff. In two hours you can transport yourself into a world of amazing red rock formations. All you need is a little preparation. On your drive, once you reach Sedona, take advantage of overlooks. Some are better than others, but you’ll be taking a moment to enjoy the vistas. Short hikes are offered in some spots and these have changing, worthwhile views. To get a better feeling of what to see and possibly do, research online before and/or stop by

the visitors’ center. We received several suggestions for lunch at the visitor’s center. Our eventual choice had fabulous views to go with our tasty meal. Airport Overlook The name alone tempts one to bypass this spot. You’ll have terrific views of the houses in West Sedona nestled against red mountains. This is a popular photo spot especially at sunset. Crescent Moon Picnic Area This is the place for the most iconic photos of Sedona: Cathedral Rocks at sunset. It takes a little bit of work to find the spot you want to watch the sunset, so suggest arriving one hour before sunset. There is a charge for parking and then you’ll need a short walk. Walking along Oak Creek is enjoyable and you’ll encounter others trying to find a good spot. We were here for the sunset / moonrise. After, we grabbed a quick bite before driving back to Phoenix. Tips for a Great Trip When to Go: Spring through fall are the recommended times, but the landscape is beautiful all year. We were there during

still hot temperatures, so leaving early served us well. It also meant we were doing short hikes before it became too hot. When to Walk: Recommend earlier in the day and towards sunset. One of our hikes was earlier in the afternoon with higher temperatures, but still enjoyable. What to Wear: Comfortable

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The bland sounding Airport Overlook has spectacular views of West Sedona nestled up against some of the mountains.

As the sun set, the moon rose creating this enthralling view of Cathedral Rocks.

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Although the red rocks are everywhere, no two formations are the same making Sedona a desert beauty.

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Arts & Crafts Fair - Save The Date

Everyone is invited to an Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center. Over 30 vendors will participate and a wide variety of hand-crafted items and fine arts will be available. A food truck will be on site. There should be many items of interest, and you may find a treasure for yourself or a lovely holiday gift. Free admission. For more information, call 813-634-1292.

Yard & Bake Sale at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

October 29 and October 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will sponsor a Yard & Bake Sale. The sale will be held at the church 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. So many different and unusual things will be on display to purchase including trains, trains, and more trains as well as furniture, small appliances, antiques, household items, jewelry, and much, much more. Please join us. For more information call 813-634-1252 Monday through Thursday from 10 to 1.

SouthShore Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

Wednesday, October 13, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Life Enrichment Center, UMC of SCC, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Special Feature: Personalized Children’s Books presented by Chuck and Linda Boulinger. Guest Speaker: We are very privileged to host Ginny Sexton, “The girl with the curls.” Luncheon and program cost is $17. Please make your check out to Stonecroft Ministries and mail it to: Nancy Decker, 5203 Admiral Pointe Drive, Apollo Beach, FL 33573. We want to remind you that reservations close on Monday, October 11 at 6 p.m. Reservations may be made via e-mail to “SSCWCFlorida@gmail.com” or by calling Barbara Brown at 814-397-3916.

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50th Anniversary of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

October 24, 2021 will be the big 50th anniversary of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church held at the church and church grounds at 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. The Kirkin O’The Tartans celebration will start with a church service from 10:30 to 11:30. Those of Scottish descent are encouraged to wear their tartans. At 11:30 there will be an outdoor concert with the Scottish sounds of the St. Andrew Pipe and Drum Group. A delicious grilled luncheon will follow. You will be served with table settings both indoors and outdoors. All are welcome to come to all of the events or part of the events, your choice in celebrating our 50th anniversary of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Info: 813-634-1252.

Taco Tuesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Charles Dickens once said that “no one is useless in this world, who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.” This is the sentiment behind the continuous donations of food that the Pantry receives from Redeemer Lutheran, says Tom Bullaro, director of Our Lady’s Pantry.

October 5, 2021 will be a “Taco Tuesday” for taco and game lovers held at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. at noon. Your $5 ticket will provide you with two tacos with all the trimmings and a beverage. You are invited to stay after for games. If you have a favorite game bring it along or play one of many games set up for your enjoyment. Groups of four or more are encouraged. Tickets can be purchased at the church office Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call the church 813-634-1252.

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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE!

Johnson is Trustco’s “Master of the Greens”

By Garry Higgins After eleven weeks of qualifying and nine weekly championship events, the final match-up in the 2021 Trustco Master of the Greens Championship had Larry Johnson facing the former champion, Bob Ferguson. Larry bowled a nearperfect singles game and won the match in eight ends. Besides various championship title games, Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club members enjoy out-of-club Larry Johnson (left) accepts the tournaments, league play, less coveted “Master of the Greens” competitive “Morning Bowls” cap from director Bob Fladung. and the popular, very social, “Night Bowls”. The Club welcomes Community Association members. For more information or to sign up for free lessons, visit “www.suncitycenterlbc.com”.

SCC Archery Club Tuesday “Social Shoot”

The Sun City Center Archery Club’s weekly Tuesday “Social Shoot” meeting time is now 2 p.m. at their range. Community Association (CA) members and Kings Point Gold Card holders are welcome to attend the club’s weekly “Social Shoot”. All CA members and Kings Point Gold Card holders are eligible for free archery lessons from club instructor Jerry Anderson. To make an appointment for lessons call Jerry at 330-206-7048. For archery club questions not instruction related, call Mark Erickson, club president, at 813-634-0796.

Introduction to Pickleball

The SCC Pickleball Club is offering free lessons. This opportunity is available only to Sun City Center Community Association members. Students must pre-register at “sccpickleball002@gmail.com”. Lessons are six weeks, Tuesday and Friday 1 to 2:30 p.m., start October 5 and end sometime in May. Location is the pickleball courts, behind the Community Building on S. Pebble Beach. Students will be taken on a first come basis and we will take six new students every other week. For safety reasons, hard-court tennis shoes are required. The Club will supply paddles and balls.

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Sun City Center Competitive Tennis Club members play competitive women’s doubles.

Senior Games Doubles Tennis

A one-day event for men’s and women’s doubles tennis will be held Saturday, October 9 beginning with men at 8 a.m. and women at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to watch the play on bleachers at courts 1-4. Play on the 10 Har Tru courts will be at the Sun City Center South Sports Complex. This is the first time SCC has been chosen to host these Hillsborough County tennis games, which is the local qualifier for state competition. Winners in each age group will be qualified to compete in Ft. Lauderdale in early December 2021. The top three in each age group at state competition qualify for the National Senior Games also in Ft. Lauderdale, May 10 – 23, 2022.

HOLE IN ONE Accomplished By: Paula Jimaki

Paula Jimaki shot a hole in one on August 27 at Scepter Golf Club, Ibis #6 (103 yards), using a 6-iron. Witnessed by D. Downing and J. Dunn.

Accomplished By: Mike Almaguer

Mike Almaguer scored a hole in one on Scepter Golf Club, Ibis #6 (103 yards), using an 8-iron. Witnessed by Roy Caudill and Gene Newby.

By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club had 18 pairs competing in their annual Labor Day Tournament. The twogame event was won by Mary Chamberlin and Karen Cooper. The team of Rich Huss and Bob Fladung came in second, while Joe Mattia and Mike Perkins placed third. Ava Casper and Mary Chamberlin & Karen Cooper. Larry Johnson finished in fourth place. More info: “suncitycenterlbc. com”.

SCC Shuffleboard League

The Sun City Center Shuffleboard Club is pleased to announce that we will be holding free lessons for those that have an interest in learning how to play. Lessons will be held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 26, 28, and 29, between 1 and 3 p.m. This is a great way for interested players to learn the basic rules of the game and get tips from experienced players. Interested people can either sign up at our booth at FallFest, or by emailing “tkennicutt@ aol.com”. Winter hours for the social play, which begin on October 1, are at 12:45 every weekday. Summer hours are 8:45 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We also sponsor travel teams, which compete with nearby developments for those with more of a competitive spirit. Attendance will be limited to 40 due to limited court space. Annual dues are $20, which covers upkeep of the courts and equipment. We would love to see you! Our club is a great place to have some fun and meet new people. Also, come join us at FallFest! We will be offering homemade snacks, coffee, soda, and water, and will be holding a 50/50 raffle. We will also be providing information about the fun that you can have with us. We will be in the food court. Come join us for fun and camaraderie!

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Hearing Loss Advocacy and Support Group

By Diane M. Loeffler Here in the greater Sun City Center area, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) meets the third Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. As of September, the support group has hybrid meetings with in-person and ZOOM options. Some degree of hearing loss as we age seems to be inevitable. For many, the loss of hearing is significant enough to be isolating. The day-to-day interactions of phone and inperson conversation may be curtailed or lost entirely. Hearing loss can also be dangerous. You may not hear a car coming your way or a shouted warning. Ongoing hearing loss is associated with increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Your brain can actually shrink if nothing is done about your hearing loss.

This reporter learned about the HLAA group and the hazards of hearing loss through a couple of conversations with Eloise Schwarz as we sat next to each other before Community Association meetings in Sun City Center. Schwarz is a Volunteer Steering Committee Leader and Hearing Loss Support Specialist for the Sun City Center Chapter of the HLAA. She says there are 48 million people in the United States, four million of whom are in Florida, with some degree of hearing loss. If you don’t have any hearing loss, you most likely know someone who does. Schwarz says, “Our chapter meetings are open to everyone, not just those with hearing losses. Family, friends, neighbors—anyone who wants to learn to hear well.” There is a tendency to deny hearing loss and simply crank up the volume on the television. “Hearing loss is an epidemic.

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The “Afternoon Greenlaces” Sun City Center Pickleball Group met and held a Round Robin Event... The Group A winners were John Stark & Tom Kline and The Group B winners were Dave Baker & Lorraine Yaghoobian. The two group winners played for the event championship. John Stark & Tom Kline prevailed over Dave Baker & Lorraine Yaghoobian as the event winners.

The government should cover it through Medicare.” Statistics say less than 30% of adults age 70 or older who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. This causes a vicious cycle because the costs of hearing aids will decrease only if more people buy them. Schwarz and the HLAA are actively involved in advocacy and support. The support includes measures like making clear masks to make lip reading easier, promoting hearing loops in buildings and providing portable loops. The HCLA can provide hospital kits for the hearing impaired enabling patients to communicate with the doctors and staff. Schwarz says, “The FDA at this time will be issuing NEW Standards for OTC hearing aids. This will change the landscape

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on how hearing aids will be dispensed since all aids will need to be approved by the FDA for the coming year. With that comes legislation for coverage of hearing aids including insurance and Medicare. HLAA is asking all citizens to contact their legislators to ask for Medicare coverage of hearing aids.” For more information about the meetings, contact Eloise Schwarz by emailing her at “eloise6376@gmail.com” or by calling 414-509-1002 or 414-8074373. You may also wish to visit the Chapter Website “hlaascc. com”. The website provides statistics, a link to resources (including a Disaster Resource Guide), a link to upcoming meetings, and all sorts of information including coping strategies, safety needs, and legal rights and responsibilities.

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

Organist Tom Hoehn Featured At Inaugural Rasmussen Artist Series Concert

October 17, at 3 p.m. United Methodist Church of SCC, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West Tom Hoehn is a classically trained organist, and is employed by First United Methodist Church in Clearwater. His concert October 17 will feature music from movies and Broadway shows. This concert will be the inaugural concert for the Rasmussen Artist Series, named to honor the church’s organist, Keith Rasmussen, who passed away July 23, 2021. A donation of just $5 is requested at the door on the day of the concert. Info: 813-362-0956 or “www.sccumc. com”.

SCCCA November Dance Features Savannah Jack

Friday, November 5, at 7 p.m. Doors open 6:30 SCCCA Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The band formed in 2004 and has toured both nationally and abroad ever since, performing more than 120 shows a year. Their musical influences range from Ronnie Milsap, The Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, and Restless Heart, to The Beatles, Tom Petty, and The Eagles. Tickets to this event are $20 and go on sale October 1 for SCCCA members and Kings Point residents on October 22 for an additional $2. There will be tables of eight at this BYOB event. The ticket kiosk is located at N. Course Drive and is open M-W-F from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SCC Ukulele Group

Tuesday, October 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse Atrium Music is played from the Daily Ukulele music book by Jumpin’ Jim. All levels of ukulele players are welcome. Kings Point requires that masks be worn. For more information about admittance to Kings Point contact Paul Moran, 765-277-0606. Leave message or text or email Paul L. Moran “spectrumnoram@gmail.com”.

SCC Men’s Chorus

The Sun Center Men’s Chorus Rehearsals are now underway at a new location and time, Thursdays at Sun City Center United Methodist Church from 3 to 5 p.m. Chorus President Tom Hinkebein is looking for any new members with a choral background. The main holiday event this year will be the Christmas Concert, Sunday, November 28, 2021 at United Methodist at 3 p.m. Returning to the podium this year is Chorus Director Kevin Goodenow. The singing men are delighted to introduce new accompanist Carolin Printy at the grand piano.

Pelican Players Perform “Mr. Sycamore”

Thursday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Come enjoy “The Cure” written by Frank Rezoagli and directed by Shirley Walker; “Arsenic and Old Lace,” directed by Rick Swenson and “Ghost Hunt” directed by Barbara Boyle. Pelican Players Readers Theater is complimentary, however we do have a donation box at every show. Donations support “The Pelican Players Scholarship Fund” handled by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. All performances will be in the Kings Point Veteran’s Theater. Mark your calendars. We hope to see you soon.

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Colored Pencil Workshop - Get the Point!

By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director Pre-Season events are kicking off! Comedy Cabaret is coming Wednesday October 6 at 7 p.m. Our first dance, ACT III (Sounds of Soul) is presented Friday October 29. Both BYOB events take place at the SCCCA Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. TICKETS: SCCCA members can purchase tickets Renee Bray now up until the event. We are not allowing ticket sales outside of the community with the exception of Kings Point. They may purchase tickets to these pre-season shows for an additional $2. Tickets to the regular season shows, which kick off November 5, will be available starting October 1 for SCCCA members and October 22 for Kings Point members. The kiosk hours will be M-W-F from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ticket purchasers must bring with them either their CA or KP badge for proof of residency, and can purchase as many tickets as they like, including for their friends and guests. Badges will not be required at the door, just a ticket. No “season” ticket packages will be available (you cannot buy all shows for one price), all shows will be sold individually. As of today, attendees are encouraged to wear masks, even if you are vaccinated, in accordance with CDC guidelines. A complete line-up of all shows for the season is available at the Kiosk, in the CA office on N. Pebble Beach Blvd or on our website at www. suncitycenter.org.

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Sun City Center Line Dancers welcome SCCCA members and KP Gold Card members returning this fall. Line dancing is held in the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach each Tuesday evening. Beginners dance at 6:30 p.m. and intermediate class is at 7:30. We also dance at 2:15 p.m. on Friday at the Dance Studio in the Atrium next to the walking pool on North Pebble Beach.

Free West Coast Swing Dance Lessons

For couples who have a Sun City Center Community Association number or a Kings Point Gold Card, the SCC West Coast Swing & Country Dance Club will be offering a free five-week session in October for beginning West Coast Swing dancers. Classes will be held every Friday at 6 p.m. in Dance Studio 2, on Pebble Beach Drive. For more information, please contact Cindy Rohr by email at “Kidsmed80@gmail.com”. Class size will be limited to the first 20 couples.

Moonglow Dance Club

Thursday, October 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Please join Moonglow Dance Club in welcoming “Bobby Remp” to their monthly dance. This will be Bobby’s first performance at Moonglow, but many dancers will have enjoyed his music at KP Events such as the Michigan Sno Ball or KP Dance Club within the past few years. Open to all SCC Community Association or Freedom Plaza members, and Kings Point 2021 Gold Card holders. Singles tables available. Dressy casual attire. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, and cups available. Moonglow 2020 and 2021 members free; all others show ID and pay $6 at the door. Limited to 14 tables to provide a large dance floor for social distancing. Masks are optional. Reservations accepted for six or more. Information: 813-633-1297 or “gail3357@gmail.com”.

Do You Wanna Dance Club

Sunday, October 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. “The Dukes” will provide live music from the 50s to the 80s. Club membership and dance attendance is only open to SCCCA members, Freedom Plaza members, and Kings Point 2021 Gold Card holders. Membership dues are $40 per year and are good through December 2022. Dance tickets are $5 per person for members and $10 per person for non-members. Membership and dance tickets will be available at the Kiosk in the Atrium Monday through Wednesday, October 11, 12, and 13, from 10 to noon; and Monday, Wednesday, Friday, October 18, 20, and 22, from 10 to noon. Tickets and membership may also be purchased the night of the dance. You must present your valid SCC CA ID, Kings Point Gold Card or Freedom Plaza Access Card for any purchase and entry to the dance. Doors open at 6:30 for members and 6:45 for non-members. BYOB and snacks. Cups, ice and napkins provided. Info: Kathy at “jfkfunnsun@yahoo.com” or Pat at “mortepat@gmail.com” or 862812-9009 for more information.

SCC Dance Club

Saturday, October 9, 7 to 9 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Dance to the standards, Latin, and contemporary ballroom music of DJs Mike and Peg Johnson. Attire is dressy casual, no shorts. Admission is limited to SCC residents, Freedom Plaza residents with a Yellow Access Card, and Kings Point Gold Card holders only. Members free. Non-member $5, payable at the door. Singles tables will be provided. New member special: Admission includes free membership for the remainder of 2021 and access to weekly practice sessions. Water and ice will be available. BYOB, snacks, and refreshments. Info: Chuck MacDougall 978- 995-6504.

Friday, October 15, doors will open at 5 p.m. with dancing from 6 to 9 SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Live music by the band Trilogy. Tickets will be sold at the SCC Atrium Kiosk through October 8 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to noon, Ticket price is $15 per person in advance, and $20 per person at the door. Bring your own beverages and snacks, with water, ice, napkins, and cups being provided. Giftfilled baskets will be raffled and 50/50 tickets will be offered. The lucky winners’ names will be drawn during the dance.

SCC SOLO Line Dance Club

SCC SOLO Line Dance Club Classes at SCC Community Hall, South Pebble Beach every Monday with Beginning Class at 12:30 p.m. and Improver Class at 1:30 p.m. Instructors are Mary Ware and Dee Palmer. Info: Mary Ware at 813-634-9824.

Kings Point Residents Monthly Line Dances

Sunday, October 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Theater, Kings Point Open to ALL levels of Line Dancers. Tickets $6 at the KPCH Box Office. Instructor and caller Darlene.

Ballroom And Latin Dance Lessons

October 4, 11, 18, 25 4 p.m. - Advanced 1 Tango 5 p.m. - Intermediate 2 Beginning Silver Waltz 6 p.m. - Intermediate 1 Swing 7 p.m. - Beginning Rumba St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center Contact Bernice DuBro (dancewithbernice@gmail.com), 813-6343205,: 813-482-6784. Cost: $30 per person for a four-week month or $8 per lesson. All are invited to attend.

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Front Porch Pickers

Live music in SCCCA Rollins Theater Every Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy country, bluegrass, traditional, and gospel music on acoustic guitar, violin, ukulele, bass, dobro, and banjos. Audience members with a SCCCA ID and KP Gold Card are invited to join us for pickin’ and grinnin’. Call president David Lickfeldt for more info, 813.633.6739.

Multi-Cultural Heritage Club Fundraiser Dance

Friday, October 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music by local entertainer Tito & Debi, oldies dance music from the 50’s & 60’s rock and roll, Caribbean, Latin and more. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Table of eight: $75 in advance. Singles tables available. Buy tickets at CC’s Grill in the Atrium Building, Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and at the Atrium lobby kiosk on M-W-F from 10 to noon. Dress is smart casual. BYOB and snacks. Cups, ice, and napkins are provided. Portion of proceeds will benefit the SCC Emergency Squad. Info: George Miecyjak at 813-541-1690 or 813-461-4576.

SCCCA Entertainment Show Honors Veterans

On Sunday, November 14, at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 2. SCCCA Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The first Sunday show of the year will honor our local veterans. “America’s Sweethearts” is a trio who demonstrates the evolution of harmony through the decades. Their music will spread nostalgia, joy, and human connection. Veterans are asked to wear a display of their military service, anything from a hat to a full uniform. Tickets to this event are $20 and go on sale October 1 for SCCCA members and Kings Point residents on October 22 for an additional $2. Reduced seating: Every other seat vacant. The ticket kiosk is located at N. Course Drive and is open M-W-F from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and support our local veterans, and enjoy a day filled with respect, passion, and creativity.


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BOOK REVIEW A Native History of North America By Andrea L.T. Peterson Long before Columbus “sailed the ocean blue,” the Americas were already inhabited by hundreds if not thousands of native tribes and nations (some 15,000,000 people) with established trade/commerce routes, as well as successful agricultural, hunting, and fishing operations. Some Native Peoples resisted European settlement. Others welcomed the explorers, traders, and settlers that followed Columbus across the Atlantic to the “New World.” These people made treaties with Europeans and taught settlers how to grow food, introducing them to corn, which became a staple crop sustaining colonists through lean winters. Today there remain approximately 3,000,000 descendants of these early inhabitants of the North American continent. In her book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz explores how Indigenous Peoples have, since the first Europeans touched these shores, resisted the expansion of the original 13 colonies that became the foundation of these United States. This is a dense and carefully researched volume, well worth the read. William Humphrey, in his novel No Resting Place, chronicles one of the most tragic and infamous actions of the United States government against a

Native People, the death march known today as the Trail of Tears. According to Humphrey’s novel, tribal elders saw the end of their way of life, as well as peaceful relations with the U.S. government, coming long before the 1830s forced relocations, recording these words: “The beginning of the end was when that old chief of the tribe heard, at a distance of thirteen moons, unfamiliar sounds coming through the forest from the direction of the coast, journeyed there and returned to report that strange men with fair hair and pale skin had come from out of the ocean. So rapid was their spread that within a generation the wise men of the tribe made a prophecy… ‘Our feet are turned toward the West – they are never to turn around.’” Humphrey’s novel includes a passage published in the Cherokee newspaper The Phoenix, entitled ,“Remarkable Fulfillment of Indian Prophecy.” The article describes how the newcomers had become “neighbors” to the Cherokee and warns that their descendants would “encroach upon your lands, and then ask you to sell them…” The prophecy references the grim period during which those tribes that were not pushed west were forcibly integrated, and those who were pushed west would be given land and yet “never find a resting place.”

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Carol Fleming the Priest Athlete of Many Talents

By Bob Monahan, Senior Sports Writer It’s not unusual to learn that an athlete may also have another interesting talent such as playing a piano, but the diversity of talents that Carol Fleming possesses is off the charts. Besides all this Carol Fleming is an Episcopal Priest. Carol Fleming was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. She played fast-pitch softball in a woman’s league from eighth grade through college, along with high school tennis. Carol attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. While there, she played on the Lacrosse team. Later, Carol added a master’s degree in Education Exercise and Pedagogy from The University of Toledo. These degrees led to a successful teaching career in the states and abroad in countries including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, and South Korea. Carol taught overseas for the adventure of teaching in international schools. While teaching in California, Carol was selected by her peers as Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for both the state and southwestern states region. Carol was runner up for National Teacher of the Year. Her platform as teacher was in her words, “I insisted on daily physical education and had a creative approach to teaching.” Tragedy struck when Carol developed a severe heart arrhythmia and inflammation of the heart. This caused her to retire after a 20-year teaching career. However, as one door

closed another door opened for Carol. In her words, “I felt God calling me in another direction and I was willing to say yes.” Back to school Carol went to Seabury, Western Theological Seminary to become an ordained minister and serve in the Episcopal Church as a priest. In 2016, she retired, but was asked to plant a church in Parrish, Florida and continues to work there for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest, Florida. How Carol finds time to masterfully do the things she does in Sun City Center is a bit of a miracle. The activities include but are not limited to the mastery of pickleball, pottery, and wood carving. In these Covid times Carol, “Took up watercolor and that has become my creative outlet. I’m still working for the dioceses, and I have learned to slow down a bit.” Carol continues to be an avid pickleball player, loves to swim, play guitar, write music, and rescue bull mastiffs. She and her husband, Chuck Fleming, searched for an active 55+ community and found it here in Sun City Center. She is one of the most caring persons you will meet.

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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to sccfreeads@ tampabay.rr.com. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@tampabay.rr.com. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.

THU. OCT 7 - ARE YOU NEW TO MEDICARE OR CONFUSED? 10:00 a.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse. Presented by Marcie Maisonet, Medicare Specialist, and Robyn Payant, President, Payant Insurance Solutions. Plan to attend one of our upcoming Seminar Workshops and have all of your questions answered by a Medicare Specialist. We represent all of the national carriers. We are local and here year round to assist you. Refreshments and Publix gift cards for attendees. Please RSVP to 813-634-7001. FRI. OCT 8 AND SAT. OCT 9 HUGE TIMELY TREASURES SALE Friday, October 8 at 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Saturday, October 9 from 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Thousands of items - small furniture, collectibles, clothing, jewelry, household items, holiday décor, artwork, tools, electronics, sporting goods and more, all at bargain prices. Come to the United Methodist Church at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W and browse through the trinkets and treasures! For more information, call 813-634-2539. MASKS REQUIRED. FRI. OCT 8 - KINGS POINT FALL EXPO 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the KPCH Veterans Theater. Free Admission. Come see all the local businesses! MONDAYS OCT 11 - NOV 1 AMERICAN HISTORY – A BRIEF OVERVIEW 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in Room 11 - (4 Classes 10/11 to 11/1) Historians regularly say America is a unique country - nothing quite like it existed before in world history. What do they mean by that? We will summarize the major events and decisions that have shaped us, from the importance of our origin as British colonies rather than Spanish to the conflict between the slave states and the Puritanderived ones in the North. Philip Coates has taught and tutored both American history and world history for many years. He also speaks regularly at the history club in King’s Point and to women’s groups and at several

The News October 2021 church events in the area. Phil is entertainers of the past and TUE. OCT 26 - ARE YOU NEW a graduate of Brown University present, Kerst’s ability to interpret TO MEDICARE OR CONFUSED? with a master’s degree from the their music is beyond dispute. This 10:00 a.m. Payant Financial University of Michigan and has memorable performance will be Plaza. Presented by Marcie lived in Sun City Center since reminiscent of the golden era Maisonet, Medicare Specialist, 2009. Tuition $28. of American popular songs and and Robyn Payant, President, TUE. OCT 12 - MAHJONGG jazz standards. Call for tickets: Payant Insurance Solutions. Plan CLUB TOURNAMENT 10 a.m. - 813-645-7651. to attend one of our upcoming 4 p.m. SCC COMMUNITY HALL MON. OCT 18 - PARKINSON’S Seminar Workshops and have 1910 S. Pebble Beach Rd, Sun SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY all of your questions answered City Center, Fl. 33573. Join us CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun by a Medicare Specialist. 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