News of Sun City Center September 2022

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SEPTEMBER 5 Labor Day Office & Library Closed Facilities Open 12 Board Workshop Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. Zoom ID: 829 2393 4412 Passcode: 233520 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. Zoom ID: 810 3648 1725 Passcode: 090748 14 Bandstand Concert The Little Big Band 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. 20 Club Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 10 a.m. Zoom ID: 841 2251 1956 Passcode: 736338 22 Budget Review w/members Florida Room – 9 a.m. Zoom ID: 880 3306 4409 Passcode: 592374 26 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday before and on the CA website (www. – 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 Website: Information Center: 813.633.4670

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Sun City Center Spruces Up By Bob Sanchez Sun City Center will soon sport a fresh new look with repaved roads, resurfaced parking lots, and redecorated medians. Buildings are getting fresh new coats of Sherwin-Williams Vital Yellow. It’s all part of an ongoing plan by the LongRange Planning Committee (LRPC) and the CA Board of Directors to enhance SCC’s aesthetic appeal and to attract new buyers to the community. LRPC Chairman and CA Director Eric Porr said that repaving, resurfacing,

repainting, and landscaping are this summer’s top priorities to give the community “a quick facelift.” These changes reflect the result of community surveys and focus groups that were open to all residents. The Board agreed with the LRPC recommendation to spread the tasks across two phases. Porr noted that the current work falls under the $450,000 threshold that would require a community vote. CA board member Gary Bratt said that he and President Bob Sullivan

have worked closely with Hillsborough County to arrange repaving of roads and sidewalks, adding that their condition was why he ran for the board in the first place. “I was sick of these roads and sidewalks,” he said. Phase 1 of the landscaping includes nine medians on the north side as well as tiered landscaping around the three administrative buildings: the CA office, the library, and the Information Center, according to Virginia Bratt, Chairperson

Painting the Rollins Building.

Resurfacing the parking lots.

North Pebble Beach median.

SCC Photo Club Competition Winners

The Sun City Photography Club’s third competition of 2022 was held on June 14, in the Caper Room. Judge Rick Waid scored 76 pictures. In the Digital Color Categor y Advanced Level: Tom Bredsen won 1st with “The Beetles - Live and in Concert”, Tom Alcumbrack won second with “Drying the Wings”. In the Digital Color Intermediate Category, Gary Pate won first with “Montu Joy” and there was a tie for second with Sherry Kalczynski’s “Bees Purple Passion” and “On Alert”, and Joe Sclafani’s “Do These Feathers Make My Wings Look Fat”. In the Digital Color Master Category, Harold Sisken had two perfect scores with “Magnolia Blossom” and “Proud and Mighty”. In the Digital Color Unassigned Category, Valesca LaPez Brown took first with “Drops Reflections”, and Ronald Banaszak took second with “Bird of Prey Eating”. In the Digital Creative Category, Advanced Level, Dale Dombrowski won a second place with

The Beetles - Live and in Concert by Tom Alcumbrack.

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Bees Purple Passion by Sherry Kalczynski.

Drops Reflections by Valesca LaPez Brown.

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are available in the CA office There are three positions open for 3-year terms January 4, 2023 – January 7, 2026 There is one position open for one year January 4, 2023 - January 3, 2024 to complete former Director Bauer’s term of office.

Applications to be returned by 3 p.m. on October 5, 2022


LRPC Update

The LRPC will be gathering information at another Focus Group meeting in September. We will be asking questions about walking trails, outdoor pavilion/amphitheater, and a pool. We will also be sending out surveys with questions about these to see what you would like to see for each. Watch for an email blast for dates and times.

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, September 17, from 10 to noon in the Photo Lab located in the multi-purpose 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 (813-6333500) to register, along with your CA membership number, by noon on Thursday, September 15, and you will be assigned a specific time.

Important Announcement For SCCCA Members Only

If you want to be sure not to miss any important announcements, sign up for the “What’s New with the CA” news blast via email. Two Ways to Sign up: Speak to the receptionist at the SCCCA office (1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd.) or send an email to “sccboard@”. Include your name, address, CA badge number, email address, and the subject line: “PLEASE ADD ME TO CA NEWS BLAST”.

Spruce Up continued from page 1. of the LRPC Landscape/Signage Subcommittee. Working with the University of Florida, the CA plans to give the medians a “Florida look” with Florida-friendly flora such as palm trees. “I’m probably the most excited person in Sun City Center,” she said. “The plan is to complete Phase 1 in September and then move on to Phase 2, which would include completing landscaping of some of the buildings on the north campus and moving on to areas within the south campus.” By the end of the year, Community Manager Lyn Reitz expects “two new volleyball courts, top dressing six tennis courts, resurfacing four tennis courts, and reconstructing the entire pickleball area to enhance the entire area to eight pickleball courts with new seating areas and coverings.” After the community spruce-up, the LRPC and the CA Board will turn its attention to other priorities, many of which would require approval by the residents. They include a restaurant/bar, removal or renovation of

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the Rollins Theater, a resort-style pool, walking trails, and an amphitheater. Over the next several issues, the News of Sun City Center will closely cover the progress of these projects.


CLUB/ORGANIZATION The Men’s Club Tillers & Toilers

AMOUNT $2,500 $3,800 $1,000

APPLIED TO Hearing Loop - Community Hall Concrete Addition Operations


List prepared from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500. 7/18 thru 8/15, 2022 Local Adress 1608 Alexander Crossing Way 636 Allegheny Drive 671 Allegheny Drive 2207 Arbor Glenn Court Left: Close look up at a longleaf pine trunk that was struck by lightning some years ago. Right: a closer look at the tree’s attempt to heal itself.

Trail Blazing By John Lampkin

Is lightning a big hit on the SCC Nature Trails? If you don’t know now, it might strike you later. Ha-ha. Unlike us, trees can’t come inside for shelter from the storm, they just stand there and take it. Our own body works to heal itself after a traumatic injury, and a tree is no different. We see how new bark is growing to try to bridge the gap and cover the bare wood beneath that was exposed when the strike stripped away the protective bark. It’s quite a challenge and we see that ants and beetles have an easy inroad to the xylem and phloem that conduct nutrient-laden sap that flows from root to crown. Will the tree survive? For a while at least, long enough to produce a lot of seeded cones. In fact, as we survey the Nature Trails, we see Longleaf Pines of every age. That indicates that our preserve has not been disturbed for ages, perhaps for centuries, perhaps for forever. As such, it is a surviving treasure beyond measure, a tiny yet significant remnant of what was once 90 million acres of Longleaf Pine flatwoods in the southeast. The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. Join us as we look closely at whatever strikes us, so to speak.

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).

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President’s Report

By Bob Sullivan, CA President As we enter September, we have now had the roads Rickenbacker and North Pebble Beach completed with New Bedford Drive underway. Many of the sidewalks are also being repaired. The application for the 2022 election to the Sun City Center Association Board of Directors is now available at the CA office. This coming year we have 3 threeyear positions and 1 one-year position (completing the remaining time from the term of Ken Bauer) available. The Information Center (901 N Pebble Beach Blvd) is a great place to stop and get acquainted with our community and get answers to many of the questions that you may have. On any Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. you can be part of the new member orientation class and they will also give you a walking tour of the Main Campus Facilities showing our many craft clubs, pools and the Fitness Center, to name a few. As we come to the end of the summer we need to remember we are in the middle of the hurricane season and need to keep our properties weather prepared as well as knowing the weather reports. Many of our home properties in our community are having lawn damage from the feral pigs. After the recent TV spots, we have a list of persons ready to solve your pig issues available at the CA office. Stay safe and enjoy our wonderful community.

Cleopatra Style Image by Pat Jones.

Tropical Beauty by Kai Rambow.

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Board Updates: Campus Improvements, Home Sales, Ongoing Business

By Diane M. Loeffler August has been an active month for SCCCA campus improvements. Along North Pebble Beach, the Florida friendly landscaping was removed from nine islands in preparation for irrigation systems and new types of plantings. During the August 10 meeting, the board voted to approve a tenth island to be re-landscaped so it matches the other nine. On a sad note, an arborist confirmed an oak tree across from Community Hall should be removed due to extensive lightning damage. Parking lots on Main and South Campus have been repaired, sealed and striped. Exteriors of the campus buildings have been power washed and painted a lighter color. Many projects will continue through the month of September. Areas will be roped off to show when you should not enter them. Even if you do not see workers in those areas, be aware there could be other reasons to avoid these spots such as wet paint, wet blacktop and safety issues. Some repairs are being delayed because materials aren’t available at this time.

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One of these projects is the tennis courts. At this time, it appears that repairs will be postponed until December. Eric Porr reports the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is looking for a Land Planner. Six issues the committee plans to address are a bar/ dining facility, a new building, walking trails, an amphitheater, a new pool, and Rollins Theater improvements. The community will have opportunities to have input into the decisions. There will be focus groups where Community Association (CA) members can say what they would like and rank the importance of each. These will be followed by surveys completed by CA members. Home Sales and Budget During the August 10 Board Meeting, Treasurer Dave Birkett reported the following figures: Operation Fund $ 2 , 7 4 5 , 4 5 6 ; R e pl a c e m e nt Fu n d $2,166,158, Renovation Fund $43,381 and Capital Improvement Fund $4,514,373. The Capital Improvement Fund receives its money from the sale/ transfer of homes. It is used for buildings and other long-lasting projects. In

July, 64 homes were transferred for an income of $192,000. Birkett reported year-to-date home sales of 391. Last year at this time there were 373 sales. From August 1 through 9, there were 28 transfers. CA Corporate Secretary Ron Matelski acknowledged a $2,500 donation from Men’s Club for a hearing loop in Community Hall and $3,800 from Tillers and Toilers for a concrete addition. Residents are invited to a Budget Meeting on September 22. Ongoing Business Bingo Co-Chair Robin LeMaster resigned. The CA Board approved Karen Marmon to take the standalone chair position. Jim Collins proposed to approve George McGuire as Chair of the Fitness Committee. Collins says McGuire was a health and fitness teacher, a Parks and Recreation director, a 5-year resident of Sun City Center and a regular user of the Fitness Center. The Board approved McGuire for the position. As of July 31, the total resident count was 11,498 people.

won first place with “Ghosts” and Gary Pate won second with “Red Egret”. In the Print Color Category, at the Advanced Level, Madlyn Blom took first place with “The Swinger”. In the Master Category Bruno Graziano took second with “ Grand Old Ladies”, and in the Unassigned Category, Kai Rambow took second place with “Tropical Beauty”. In the Creative Print Categor y, Advanced level, Dale Dombrowski won a second place with “ Sea of Crosses”. In Print Documentary at the Unassigned Level, Kai Rambow placed first and second with “End of Days” and “Painted

Bunting”. In the Print Mono Category, Advanced Level, Dale Dombrowski took second with “Cloister Columns”. Sherr y Kalczynski placed first and second with “Gaze Into the Eye” and "Lighthouse Texting”. She had a perfect score with “Gaze Into the Eye” At the Master Level there were two perfect scores, Bruno Graziano with “Church Street Station R.R.” and Pat Jones with “Cleopatra Style Image”. The Photo Club invites photo lovers of all levels to join our club by visiting our website at “”.

Photo continued from page 1. “Modern Reality”. There was a threeway tie for second at the Intermediate Level: Stan Lipski with “Deja Vu”, Wayne Adams with “Paradise”, and Kathy Griffith with “Purple Reign”. On the Master level, Bobbie Ray won second place with “Lost”. In the Digital Documentary Category, Advanced Level, Dale Dombrowski took first place with “Sushi Lunch”. Madlyn Blom took second place with “Unhappy Eagle”. In the Digital Mono Category, at the Advanced Level, Tom Alcumbrack won a second place with “Morning Fog”. At the Intermediate Level, Susie Crump

The Swinger by Madlyn Blom.

Magnolia Blossom by Harold Sisken.

End of Days by Kai Rambow.

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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.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. Deputy Jeff Merry will provide some unique insight into some of the current scams he is seeing, right here in Sun City Center, like the Publisher’s Clearing House, lottery, grandparent and Amazon scams.

Computer Club Classes

The Computer Club Lab is open from 12:30 to 4:30, every day except Sunday. Sign up for classes can be done online. Students 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”. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website “”. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. iPad/iPhone for Seniors Thursday, September 8, from 9 to noon This course will demonstrate how to use them to check your email, read books, listen to music and play games. Intro to Computers Saturday, September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, from 10 to noon This four session beginner’s class will cover hardware, software, and operating system basics, along with basic word processing and web browsing. Buying a Computer Tuesday, September 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. This class discusses which kind of drive suits your needs, whether to buy online or in person, if a warranty is worth the expense, and many more decision points. Introduction to Excel Tuesday, September 20, from 9 to noon This class starts with a definition of spreadsheets, workbooks, formulas and functions.

SCC New England Club Cookout

September 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Atrium Building, Florida Room The Sun City Center New England Club will host another popular cookout. Entry through the main door only, not the kitchen. Serving from 5 to 6, socializing until 7. Hot dogs, burgers, baked beans, 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 “” to reserve. Must wear SCC CA badge for entry. BYOBeverage.

News From The Bunka Club

This picture, you would think, is a painting, but it is not! It is made with threads and needles, on a canvas with a printed image to follow. It is called the Japanese Art of silk embroidery. We use 1-2-3 and 4-ply thread with various stitches. The club meets yearround, Monday through Thursday, from 9 to noon, in the Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills. Beginners welcome. Dues are $10 per year.

Family Connections To SCC: Spradlin & Rose

Monday Movies Rollins Theater

Second and Fourth Monday, 1 p.m. All Sun City Center Community Association members and their guests who present current ID cards are welcome. Since capacity is limited to 145 attendees per the Hillsborough County Fire Code, people showing a Kings Point badge may attend on a space available basis.

September 12: Cry Macho 1 hour, 44 minutes

In 1978, a washed-up rodeo star and horse breeder takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home, away from his alcoholic mom. While crossing rural Mexico returning to Texas, the pair face a challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman may find a sense of redemption by teaching the boy what it means to be a good man. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Dwight Yoakum, Fernanda Urrejola, Eduardo Minett Genre: Drama, Action Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and language

September 26: Downton Abbey 2 hours, 5 minutes

This sequel reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa. Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech Genre: Drama Rating: PG for thematic elements, some suggestive references, language

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Becky, George, and Laurie

By Paula Lickfeldt Becky Rose and Laurie Rose Spradlin were born in Texas but moved to Louisville, Kentucky when they were young. George Spradlin was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Laurie was a title agent. Becky was a banker and sold real estate. George was a production supervisor for Sylvania Lighting for 21 years, and then he became a mortgage broker. Laurie and George met at a closing where Laurie was the title agent and George was the broker for the sale. Laurie says that George asked her to go on a date, but she did not date people that she worked with. George was very persistent, and she finally went out with him and ended up marrying him. Laurie and Becky’s mother, who was living in Texas, became ill and Becky went to take care of her. After her passing, Becky moved to Hilton Head Island, SC. Laurie and George were now living in Punta Gorda, FL, and decided to move to Hilton Head also. None of them like living at Hilton Head Island because there were too many storms. Laurie and George had liked living in Florida so all three of them decided to move back. Laurie studied the weather in Florida and found that a hurricane

had never had a direct hit in Sun City Center. That was good news for all three of them. They also liked the idea that SCC was an established community that would be stable. They decided that a move to SCC was what they wanted. Becky found a home in SCC and moved first; soon Laurie and George followed. The three of them have a policy that they cannot live more than an hour’s drive from a beach. SCC fits that requirement. George works at Renaissance Golf Club Pro Shop three days a week and at Sam’s Club in Riverview. He golfs, plays Euchre and Crazy Canasta. Laurie started the Crazy Canasta group, she is part of the girls day out once a month, loves the driveway parties and the pool parties that are held at Verona where they live. Becky works at the pro shop at Caloosa Golf and Country Club on Wednesday and Saturday and the pro shop at Club Renaissance on Friday. She plays Mah Jongg, Mexican train, hand and foot, crazy canasta, euchre and water aerobics. Her three dogs wish she would be at home more. George says that he has always been the thorn between the two Roses. All three of them like living in SCC and they hope the lack of hurricanes will continue.

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5th Annual SCC Mini-Relay For Life Surpasses Its Goal

Beverly Gaussiran represented Freedom Plaza at the event.

By Bob Sanchez The 5th annual SCC Mini-Relay for Life drew hundreds to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on July 29 to raise money in the fight against cancer. The event raised $16,757.39, easily exceeding its goal of $15,000. Co-chair Sarah Baez expects the final number to surpass $18,000. Connie Lesko originated the Mini-Relay at Freedom Plaza, where she is Business

Development Coordinator with the Retired Officers Corp. She directed the event there for four years. This year, she has turned over chairmanship to Brian Bower, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, and to Sarah Baez, a Senior Care Consultant at CarePatrol. Meanwhile, Lesko continues to provide considerable support to their effort. “I felt led to start it when my 54-year-old nephew was diagnosed with colon cancer,” she wrote in an email, adding that she has lost him and three other dear friends to cancer since that time. So for her, fighting cancer is deeply personal. Thirty-eight teams worked hard to raise the funds by paying for display tables, selling hot dogs, beer, raffle tickets, and bingo cards. Baez enthused that they also had “a wine pull, social media marketing, the remembrance tree at the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce and boots on the ground efforts, and it is all going to the American Cancer Society!”

Mini-Relay founder Connie Lesko (left) with this year's co-chairs Sarah Baez and Brian Bower.

The organizers made a point of thanking St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for generously letting the fundraising event use some of its space. Of course with an event such as this, many people pitched in: Tammy Schoonover, Senior Development Manager with the American Cancer Society; Kim Bauer, volunteer extraordinaire; Sean Andrews, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; Julie Brink,

Branch Manager with Lake Michigan CU; Lynne Conlan, Executive Director with the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce; Joanne Bassinger, volunteer extraordinaire; Thina Huskey, Realtor with Keller Williams; and members of the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. “So many people came together to donate their time or resources,” Baez noted.

Local Lookalikes Run With the Hemingways conch shell. “The whole thing was fun. Typically, most people here were interested in Hemingway and his work, so starting conversations was easy,” remembered Gary.

Local resident, Gary Mull, bottom right, participating in Key West’s 41st Hemingway Look Alike contest.

By Kai Rambow “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway “There might have been some alcohol involved,” recalled Gary Mull. Mull recently participated in the 41st Hemingway Look Alike contest. Key West is a favorite destination for residents Janet Wright and Gary Mull. They have sailed there a few times. The contest was a great reason for another trip to Key West. A good friend of Gary’s had been competing for several years. Paul encouraged Gary to grow a beard and enter


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The third night a winner was selected. A recreation of the Running of the Bulls was a highlight. Past winners get to ride one of the bulls on wheels in the parade.

National Night Out A previous winner rides a bull on wheels in downtown Key West.

the competition. Out of 140 contestants, Gary and Paul made the semi-finalist list of 25. The 25 were whittled down to five, and then a winner was selected. Despite the hot and humid conditions, Key West was sold out. Created by the Hemingway Society, the contest isn’t just a fun event. The contest is used as a fundraiser for scholarships. Originally focused on literary related studies, the Society has put special emphasis on nursing students studying in the Keys. There is a shortage of qualified health care professionals here. This was inspired by A Farewell to Arms. This past year, 17 students received scholarships. With over 140 contestants, it took two nights at Sloppy Joe's to determine the semifinalists. Previous winners, called “Papas,” comprise the judges’ panel. Each contestant has 15 seconds to say or do something. Most spoke; a few, like Gary, sang; and one guy blew a

Two deputies from District 2 roll past one of two food trucks at National Night Out. This food truck, featuring soul food, ran out of food options early. Apparently, several residents love the combo plate.

By Kai Rambow The National Night Out is a casual affair when law enforcement and communities come together to share food, stories, and goodwill. Kings Point hosted the event this year with a nice turnout. Deputies from the Sheriff’s department traveled from District 4 and as far away as District 2 to attend the event. Two food trucks provided some nice options for those who wanted something to eat. Old friends reconnected and new acquaintances were made. The nice atmosphere facilitated some fun conversations.


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The Editor’s Corner

It’s Fall Fun and Games

By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County As a Florida native, you hear it every year: “The leaves stay green, but you always know it’s fall in Florida when the license plates start to change.” That used to be truer than it is today, as more folks are moving down during every season, and most of them are coming to stay. We still enjoy seasonal visits from wonderful folks across the balance of the Lower 48, and a fair few from points abroad. And who can blame them? We have beautiful weather, worldclass beaches, easy access to outdoor and indoor recreation, a great and growing arts and entertainment scene, rich history, diverse culture, flora and fauna you won’t find anywhere else… and we can enjoy it anytime, year-round, with, at the most, a light jacket and an umbrella. To open the door to bright, blue skies and never have to work the business end of a snow shovel or an ice scraper is ample reason to tolerate the heat, humidity, and thunderstorms of summer encroaching into fall. Especially when we know that, as we pick up pumpkin everything at the grocery, strawberry season is right around the corner. Which means shortcake and milkshakes at Goodson’s to help us stay cool and refreshed when the mercury is still flirting with 90 in December. And those are only the barest of delights that draw folks down to the Sunshine. In addition to better weather, we have (for the most part) a better cost of living, better sports teams, and a continual stream of worldclass arts and entertainment. All along the gulf coast, it’s easy to find incredible museums, zoos, parks, and eclectic venues that dazzle, amuse, and amaze. Looking for a fun day trip?

Cruise up to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs or run away to the circus museum in Sarasota. The Florida Orchestra offers top-shelf entertainment several times a week, all the biggest names in entertainment want to play at Amalie or RayJay… and the hockey and football teams who call those venues home are both contenders for the top trophy every season. Which brings us back to another way Floridians know when fall is coming. The football flags come out. There is no more intense rivalry than in college sports, and folks are justifiably proud to represent their alma mater or their hometown teams to their friends and neighbors. Just ask the O-H-I-O Club and the Michiganders, who circle one sacred Saturday every year and come together for some great football and goodnatured ribbing. And, even if you’re a die-hard fan of the Wings, the Devils, the Rangers or the ‘Hawks, it’s hard not to root for the hometown Bolts, a team that has transformed the Sunshine State into a hotbed for hockey across generations. Kids around here used to want to play little league. Now they’re asking mom and dad for sticks and skates. Truth be told, we’re spoiled for high-quality fun here on the gulf coast of the Sunshine State. We have our troubles, sure, and “Florida man” always seems to be a trending headline in the news; but, just about every day, there are new friends to meet and another reason to smile. Don’t want to travel? There’s plenty to see and do and learn just a short golf cart ride away. If there’s a hobby you’re interested in, there’s a club full of folks happy to introduce you to it. Enjoy live music or comedy? Plenty of that to suit any taste. Do you enjoy books or games, textiles or woodworking? Come on down! And, on those days when the heat is downright unbearable and the humidity feels like a living, breathing thing, think of all those folks up north bending over snow shovels or shrugging into heavy coats for a quick trip to the grocery. Then pull on some shorts, grab a hat, and get ready to enjoy doing anything

other than complaining about the icy roads and hoping not to catch cold. It may feel a bit sad that our leaves won’t present a rainbow of hues to help us ring in the fall, but there’s still a cornucopia

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Friday at the Movies

September 9, at 6 p.m. UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Avenue This event is open to the community and best for all—It’s free! Doors open at 5:30 and light refreshments are available. Donations are accepted to help support this event for the community. For additional information about the movie or other events, please call Victoria Sorensen, 813-634-2539 ext. 1010. More info: www.sccumc. com.

DAR Meeting

September 21, at 12:30 p.m. Atrium Florida Room, 945 D North Course Lane We will begin with light refreshments and conversation followed by our regular meeting. As per our tradition, our program will be focused on the Constitution of the United States. This program will be expertly delivered by our own Jan Bassett and she, as well as many others, will wear her colonial dress. All members, Sun City Center and King’s Point residents, and anyone interested in joining DAR are invited. Info: Kay Adkins, Regent, at “”.

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Art Club Gallery Opening

“Robi and her Traveling Friends” October 5, from 1 to 3 Art Club Gallery on Cherry Hills Drive Everyone is invited to view the artwork of “Robi and her Traveling Friends”. Robi is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design. Along with art, travel is another passion of Robi’s and she usually comes home from a trip with several ideas for a drawing or a painting. Robi discovered that many of her friends also had travel inspired artwork, and thus our travel art show was born. The following artist/travelers will also be participating: Gary Gicking, Marsha Lucidi, Marion Giblin, Mel Solochek, Joyce Nodland, Anne Morton, Gloria Hosek, Jeanie Will, Dolores Phelps, Jeanne Danek, Faye McKeown, Lori Murray, Carol Husinka, Merry King, and Linda Scola. Refreshments will be served.

L to R: Rotarians Rea Cantwell (Secretary), Bill Cox (President), Ann Hammond (Club Service Projects Chair), Jim Wilmouth (Past-President), and Dave Reagor.

Rotary School Supplies for Local Students

The Sun City Center Rotary Club, in partnership with the Kings Point Sportsman’s Club, collected school supplies during the month of July. A total of approximately $700 of basic supplies were donated together with 26 backpacks. The supplies were delivered to the Beth Shields Middle School for distribution via the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways (membership – call Connie at 813-957-6482).

L to R: Bob Sullivan, Pres-Elect SCC Men’s Club; Michelle Sprow, Chapters LifePath Hospice; Ed Barnes, VP Programs, SCC Men’s Club.

SCC Men’s Club Hears Hospice Leader

By Jay Sparkman Michelle Sprow, Professional Relations Representative, Chapters LifePath Hospice, was the guest speaker at the monthly members luncheon of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Ms. Sprow spoke on the history of hospice, the levels of care provided, who provides the care, and who is eligible for hospice care. Surprising to many in attendance, hospice care is provided free of charge to anyone who is deemed terminally ill and needs rest of life care. The Sun City Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point and is involved in many health and social programs in the greater Sun City Center area. For membership information: 813-260-3058.

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Center 4Life Learning

Center 4Life Learning has a variety of non-accredited courses and day trips that will enhance your life. The 2022 Fall Semester begins October 7. Checkout our website and register at “sccumc. com/4lifelearning”. Also, course information, trip flyers, and order forms are in the SCC United Methodist Church lobby, to your right when entering the church and in the Center’s office. Center 4Life Learning office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Info: 813-634-8607 or email “”.

DAR Bells Across America

September 17, at 4 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The CGMB DAR Chapter will officially ring in Constitution Week by joining the Bells Across America annual celebration of the original signing of the U.S. Constitution September 17, 1787 at 4 p.m. Constitution Week is celebrated from September 17 to the 23. The bells will ring for one minute, please bring a bell and join us at the SCC Veterans Memorial at 3:40 p.m. Info: “mujerdragona@yahoo. com”.

Attention all Military Veterans

Friday, September 30, at 9:30 a.m. Community Hall, Room 3, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The program will include the installation of next year’s Post Officers by Victor Kelly, American Legion’s 15th District Commander, a membership discussion concerning the plight of homeless or depressed veterans in Hillsborough County, and what the American Legion can do to help them. Coffee and donuts will be available at 9 a.m. All veterans and spouses are welcome. Info: Paul Wheat at 813-391-7309 or email at “”.

Seeking Vendors for Arts & Crafts Fair

Creators of hand-made crafts and goods are invited to display and sell their products such as artwork, crafts, jewelry, home decor, accessories, gifts, and more at an Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center. All spaces include a table and two chairs. For an application or more information email “”.

Organ/Keyboard Club Lessons

Thursday, September 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. Armstrong Room SCCCA members and Kings Point Gold Card holders are welcome. Be our guest! The purpose of our club is to enhance our playing skills, share our knowledge, and enjoy music. We own four organs and two keyboards that are stored in the Armstrong Room. You will receive music when you arrive, that is the lesson of the day, to be taught by a qualified music teacher. They encourage questions from students to benefit us all.

SCC Woman’s Club Bingo Fundraiser

Saturday, September 17, doors open at 11:30 a.m. Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The $10 admission pays for a Book of 10 sheets plus light refreshments. All cash prizes, raffles, and purchase of 50/50 ‘opportunity tickets’. Additional books are half price at $5. Proceeds benefit local community charities. For any questions please contact Shawna at “”.

South Bay Genealogical Society

Tuesday, September 20 UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave. 10:30 a.m. Round table discussion, followed by a sit-down luncheon, and the guest speaker, Lori Coffey, at 1 p.m. For reservations and meal choice, call Dianna Loudermilk at 864-607-1330. Please make your check payable to SBGS, and mail it to South Bay Genealogical Society, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Checks must be received no later than September 8.

SCC Woman’s Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Club Elected Board: Kathie Baryza, Treasurer; Beverley Brooks, Secretary; Sheila May, President; Jeanette Doyle, VP of Programs; Liz Pedersen, VP of Membership; Barbara DeOca, VP of Membership Meetings; Claudia Gassett, Past President.

Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Resume Regular Activities

On September 14, the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) will welcome new and returning members to their luncheon at, the Ruskin Moose Lodge #183, 1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin Apollo Beach. The guest speaker will be Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of Elections. All luncheons are $22, and reservations and payments must be received by the Friday prior to each luncheon. The holiday luncheon will cost $25. For menu details and reservations contact Barbara DeOca at 813-892-1219 “”. Info: “”.

Thursday, September 15, doors open at 11 a.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The September Program is the celebration of our 60th year as the Woman’s Club here in Sun City Center. Buffet lunch as well. The Sun City Historical Society will have a presentation about the founding of our town which will include photos from the Woman’s Club scrapbooks dating back to the club’s beginnings in 1963. There will be a special presentation to all the living former presidents of our club, and a trivia quiz related to the 1960’s prior to lunch. Special decorations and cake will help mark the festivities. RSVP by 11 a.m. on September 12 to “”. $17 is to be paid at check-in. Membership info: Rosita Rodrigues-Barton, “rrwomansclub@gmail. com” or 703-973-0563. “”

Grant Presented

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister presented a Grant to Sun City Center Security Patrol Chief Tim Broad and Deputy Chief Bob Smith. The Grant will help pay for new Mobile Radios used during a Silver Alert or other scenarios if needed

L to R: Deputy Chief Bob Smith, Chief Chronister, Chief Tim Broad.

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Bus Trip to Tropicana Field

Members of the Security Patrol and their friends went on a Bus trip to Tropicana Field to watch the Rays play the Brewers. The Rays lost the game but everyone in attendance had a good time.

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Virtual Public Engagement Opportunity for Survey Hillsborough County is committed to providing your community with the opportunity to share your input on County projects that are pertinent to your neighborhood. Your Neighborhood Relations team invites you and your community to participate in our online Public Engagement Opportunity for a survey about Cypress Village Blvd. Safety Improvements. Customer Engagement Period: Through September 14 Engage online at: “” Hillsborough County is seeking public input regarding recent changes to the traffic patterns along Cypress Village Boulevard related to golf cart, bicycle safety, and pedestrian traffic. The survey By Peggy Burgess results will be combined with feedback from a public engagement The conundrum at Freedom meeting for future project evaluation and development. Info: 813Plaza’s 30th Anniversary gala was 272-5900. Hearing/Voice Impaired Call 711. in deciding how best to enjoy it: in the Atrium with its exhilarating nightclub atmosphere; in the Community continued from page 7. mezzanine’s exciting Lucky Leopard Casino, or in the Kindred Spirits Club Launch Auditorium’s classy jazz club, Wednesday, September 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the Panther Party Lounge. Most Kings Point Meeting Room, 1900 Club House Drive Hey ladies! As life changes, we often find ourselves missing a residents chose to sample all the companion to be active with. Are you tired of going to restaurants, different and delightful elements movies, and events alone or maybe not going at all? We have the of this Wildly Elegant Affair. solution. It’s the Kindred Spirits Club! Come meet other women to Residents were overwhelmed enjoy life with and build friendships. We’ll continue to meet on the with the event’s degree of Residents Tom and Peggy Hart, first Wednesday of every month. Same time, same place. To RSVP polished perfection. The Atrium posing for a photo, were dressed for the occasion, “A Wildly Elegant contact Michelle Mason at “” or 813- furniture had been removed: in Affair”, Freedom Plaza’s 30th its place was a nightclub, with a Anniversary Celebratory event. 492-8920. dance floor surrounded by tables all draped in exotic animal prints and centered with gold vases of Star Samaritan red roses. Red roses also filled the enormous, disc-like, chandelier S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Bruce Fraser, the Star Samaritan for the 3rd Quarter of 2022. hanging from the third-floor ceiling, providing a spectacular view Bruce is one of the all-round volunteers at Samaritans, being both from tables set on the mezzanine. an out of town and local driver, as well as handling dispatch duties Dance music plus a vivacious vocal trio kept the Atrium swinging, while an instrumental jazz trio entranced the Panther Party on a regular basis. Bruce and his wife Cricket moved to Sun City Center in 2011, and Lounge audience. The promised “touch of feline playfulness” was both started volunteering right away. In addition to Samaritans, personified in two adorable “kittens” (beautiful girls clad in catBruce is the past president of the SCC Men’s Club, and also bodysuits) who posed with residents on the photo-shoot set. volunteers at the SCC Security Patrol. He is also a past Board To accomplish this transformation of a retirement residence to a veritable pleasure palace for an evening required the efforts of member of Samaritans. A retired banker from New York, Bruce and Cricket have two an entire company of dedicated employees. From activities and children, one in Philadelphia and one in Gibsonton as well as two administrative staff who planned the event, to culinary magicians grandchildren. Bruce loves volunteering at Samaritans, and thinks it whose skills gave it substance; from housekeeping and maintenance offers a great unique experience and service for all Sun City Center personnel whose physical labor created its visibility, to the entire and Kings Point residents. Congratulations to Bruce on his STAR workforce whose “after the party” toil put it back together again... SAMARITAN award and his continued great work for the greater all are to be commended. Residents have been lavish in their praise of this Wildly Elegant Affair. Sun City Center Community.

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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.

“Elvis” Will Be in the Building

Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m. 1971 Haverford Avenue Billy “Elvis” Lindsey returning by popular demand to the United Methodist Church for an Alzheimer’s benefit concert. Lindsey has been giving Elvis tribute concerts for years, and is the winner of numerous awards for his “ELVIS” act. Tickets are available up to the day of the concert for $10 at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center Pages of Life Christian Gift Shop or online by logging onto the Church’s website at www. and clicking on the “Events” tab.

Firehouse Cultural Center Events

Center Stage Live Music & Comedy at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets are $23 for members and $28 for future members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, September 9 (Comedy) Get Your Laugh On Saturday, September 10 TBone Hamilton, Big Easy Review For more information, registration or tickets, call 813-645-7651, “” Address: 1st Ave. NE at Shell Point Road in Ruskin 33570.

DANCING By Tiffany Rivers, SCCCA Activities Director With the SCCCA entertainment season kicking off in less than three months, we want to be sure that our community is fully prepared and aware of how everything will work. As we all know you are able grab the entertainment brochures at the Atrium Kiosk on N. Course Drive or at the Community Association office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Just a reminder we will only allow in-person Tiffany Rivers ticket purchases no mailing prior to the season. Seating has returned to full seating with 10 per table at the Friday dances. The season series tickets sales begin September 26 for SCCCA members and October 3 for King Point members. Individual ticket sales will take place the following week with SCCCA members on October 10 and KP members on October 17. You must present your SCCCA badge or KP badge to purchase tickets. Season tickets will be $85 for SCCCA members and Kings Point as well. Please allow me to clarify that the preseason show, Comedy Cabaret will feature Michael Panzeca and Lou Angelwolf not Mike Marino. The community will have Mike Marino later in the season, but I wanted to be sure to clarify that information. Thank you for your excitement as we get ready for a wonderful season. You will want to be sure to get your tickets starting September 12 for SCCCA members and September 19 for Kings Point. The Comedy Cabaret as we expect a sold out crowd and non-stop laughs, you won’t want to miss it. Tickets will go fast so be sure to mark your calendars.

SCCCA Entertainment Series Lineup

SAVE THE DATE: Tickets to all shows will be available to SCCCA members on October 10 and to Kings Point residents on October 17. Chris Ruggiero November 13, at 2:30 p.m. Rock & Roll 1950-70s Tickets: $19 MPIRE November 18, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $19 Billy & The Sweet Talkers December 9, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $19 Beatle Maniacs December 18, at 2:30 p.m. Tribute to The Beatles Tickets: $18 Celebrate January 13, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $19 Showcase of Talent January 18, at 2 p.m. Variety Show Tickets: $11

Absolute Queen January 22, at 2:30 p.m. Tribute to Queen Tickets: $20 Sugar Vibe February 10, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $20 What a Fool Believes February 26, at 2:30 p.m. Tribute to The Doobie Brothers Tickets: $20 Rocky & The Rollers March 10, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $20 Karen Hester March 26, at 2:30 p.m. Dolly Parton Tribute Tickets: $20

Free Tap Class For Seniors

Thursdays, starting September 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dance Studio 2 SCCCA ID, Kings Point Gold Card or Freedom Plaza ID is required. Please call Cindy Rohr, at 630-235-1277, to RSVP.

Come Dance With Us

Saturday, September 17 Doors open at 6, Dance 6:30 to 9 p.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse Veterans Theater. Enjoy live music with LB & Chloe. Waltz, foxtrot, rock, swing, rumba, salsa, cha-cha, and more. All are welcome. $5 per person at the door. Coming from outside KP or SCC? An additional $2.50 facility may be charged. BYOB. Water and ice provided. Info: Ken at 513-582-8449.

Senior Social Dance Group

Tuesdays, September 6 and 20 Doors open at 5:30, Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. St. John the Divine, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. The Senior Social Dances are open to Sun City Center & Kings Point residents and their guests limited to a maximum of 72 guests. RSVP required. Cost $6 per person. Our entertainer is Thor Stevens and his sax. Dressy/casual attire, no shorts or jeans. Singles tables available. BYOB, ice, set-ups and snacks, nothing furnished. Info: Judy Furman, 425-214-3996 or “”.

Social Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons

September 5, 12, 19, 26 St. John the Divine, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. 4 p.m. Intermediate 2 Silver Waltz 5 p.m. Intermediate 2 Rumba 6 p.m. Beginning Swing 7 p.m. Intermediate Cha-cha Info: Bernice DuBro “” or call 813634-3205 or 813-482-6784. Cost: $30 per person for a four-week month or $8 per lesson. All are welcome.

Moonglow Dance Club

Thursday, September 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Moonglow Dance Club will feature “Good Stuff” (aka “Tony & Tricia”). Come dance/listen to this popular family group play social ballroom dance music! All SCCCA, FP, and KP Gold Card or dance card holders welcome. Members free, guests $6 per person at the door. Smart casual attire. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, and cups available. Info: 813-633-1297 or “gail3357@gmail. com”.

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SCC Line Dance Classes

Tuesday Beyond Beginners SCC Community Hall, 1001 S Pebble Beach Blvd. 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Beginner Class SCC Community Hall, 1001 S Pebble Beach Blvd. 6:30 p.m. Friday Atrium Building Dance Studio High Beginners – 2:15 p.m. Improving Dancers – 3:15 p.m. First class is free, open to residents of SCC, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens, and Kings Point Gold Card holders.

Halloween Costume Benefit Dance

Friday, October 28 from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. SCC Community Hall All proceeds to the SCC Emergency Squad. All are welcome! Prepaid tickets are $5 at the Atrium ticket kiosk. $7 at the door. Tickets go on sale October 10, M-W-F from 11 to 1 p.m. through October 28. Doors open 6:15 Line Dance Lesson (Time Warp) 6:30 Dance 7 to 9:30 p.m. Floor Show 8 p.m. Dance to DJTheWayneTrain. Swing, cha-cha, waltz, salsa, twostep, nightclub, and line dances. Presented by the Swing & Country Dance Club. Info: 630-235-1277 or “”.

Swing & Country Dance Club

Atrium, Dance Studio1 Free dance lessons in September for residents who have a Sun City Center Community Association number, a Freedom Plaza ID, or a Kings Point Gold Card. Every Friday 6 - 6:30 p.m. Group Swing Lesson (all levels) move of the week Search WCS Beginner Tutorial SCC on YouTube prior to class 6:30 – 7 p.m. Individual Instructions Every Second and Fourth Sunday 6 - 6:30 p.m. Group Country Lesson move of the week 6:30 - 8 p.m. Social dance This Dance is open to residents who have a Sun City Center Community Association number, a Freedom Plaza ID, a Kings Point Gold Card or the new CA dance club pass. Info: 630-235-1277.

Ballet and Tap for Seniors Club

Tuesday, September 6, from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Dance Studio 2, North Pebble Beach Our club is offering Beginner Ballet Barre exercises to help our seniors develop proper posture and improve balance with a concentration on fluidity of movement to prevent falls. SCCCA ID, Kings Point Gold Card or Freedom Plaza ID is required. Please call Cindy Rohr, at 630-235-1277, to RSVP.

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Russ Merritt Celebrates 95 Years

By Paula Lickfeldt Russ Merritt was born in Sedalia, Missouri, on August 12, 1927. He had one brother. Russ went to college at Missouri Central. In his working life he was an administrator for various companies. After retirement, Russ and his wife were on a vacation on Florida’s east coast. When you Michael Acquaro from St. Pizza & Russ live in Chicago, the weather Merritt at Russ’ 95th birthday party. in Florida is what draws you. worked for whoever could use They wanted to find a home on him. At one point he was a temp the west coast so they looked for a bank in Tampa, a temp job from New Port Richey to Port that turned permanent. After Charlotte and finally settled on a second retirement, he and Kings Point. They lived in KP for his wife moved to SCC where 20 years. While living in KP, Russ he became involved with was active on the board of his community activities. Russ was condo association. He wanted always busy. to be on the board so he would Russ had been a scuba diver know what was going on and so he took a volunteer job at what decisions were being the Florida Aquarium where he made. During that time he worked two days a week for

10 years. One day each week he would dive in the tanks and wash the windows and the coral and the other day he was a tour guide. Russ said that he liked being with the fish that he got to know. They were fun to be around. When new fish were introduced to an aquarium Russ would stay with them until they became acclimated to their new environment and did not become “dinner” for one of the other fish in the tank. Russ celebrated his 80th birthday diving at the Florida Aquarium. News of the celebration was reported all over the USA. The Computer Club has always been very important to him, and he has been involved with it since its inception. Russ has held every office in the club except treasurer. The Computer Club has always been open to

By Andrea L.T. Peterson Apparently no challenge is too great or too small to at least make an impact! “For more than a century,” says Rotary literature, “we’ve bridged cultures [and generations] and connected continents. We champion peace, fight illiteracy, and poverty, help people get access to clean water and sanitation, and fight disease. Our newest cause is to protect our planet and its resources.” From their first project, embarked upon by Rotary founder Paul Harris and three other businessmen in 1905, providing public toilets in Chicago, to their most recent projects, helping COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Italy and providing humanitarian aid to those uprooted by the war in

invited to a meeting by a new acquaintance, Ann Hammond. Hammond was a Rotary Club member in her prior life, and she has only recently joined the local Rotary Club which meets at Freedom Plaza on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, at noon. “I wanted to help other people,” says Hammond, “and I found friendships.” On the surface, the club seems like a social club, but scratch the surface and you find a dedicated group of men and women putting their money where their mouths are, as the saying goes. Members who donate $1,000 outright or designate $1,000 or more to the Endowment Fund in estate plans, are recognized with a certificate and special Paul Harris Fellow pin. The local club

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residents of KP and SCC. Russ would teach classes, organize meetings, and put on shows. He is still a monitor at the club. The SCC Computer Club is the largest computer club in the state of Florida. Russ wants to be able to help people stay informed as to what is going on in the industry. On August 12, 2022, Russ’ wife, Ilona, hosted a birthday party for him and some of his friends. Everyone who attended had a good time eating pizza and drinking beer. A few of their friends even entertained the group by playing their accordions. Russ has slowed down a little, but he is still as active as he is able. He and Ilona enjoy going to see the Florida Symphony Orchestra whenever possible. Russ says life has been good.

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has just become a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club! The group meets over lunch, invites guest speakers, like District Chairman Mark Scolnick and Mary & Martha House administrator of grants, Leticia Feregrino, who offered an overview of the House’s objectives to help victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children get out of crisis situations, provide safe shelter and help residents transition into independent housing, address trauma and offer guidance, and more. The Rotary “Four-Way Test” seems like a good test for all of us in what we think, say, or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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Step Back in Time at Plant Museum

Historic photo taken from the front of the Tampa Bay hotel. You’re looking at the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa. Photo courtesy of the Henry B. Plant Museum. The distinctive Tampa Bay hotel was built by Henry Plant for wealthy tourists. It was only open during the winter. Today it houses the Plant Museum.

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Meet Shelby Hillman, Our New Community Services Aide

By Diane M. Loeffler On July 25, Shelby Hillman joined Deputy Merry at the Sun City Center Substation of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. As the Community Services Aide, you will see her at events like council meetings, National Night Out, Operation Medicine Cabinet, health and safety seminars, and the Golf Cart Parade. Hillman says, “I’ve been working since I was 17. For the last two and a half years, I worked in the Child Protection Investigations Division. All of my work there was behind the scenes. I spent most of my day on the phone and on the computer checking background information.”

“I wanted to get back to seeing people face-to-face, talking with them and helping out. I have lived in Balm for the last nine years, so the commute is easy. My goal in this job is to help people and teach them

about scams, to be happy and to love my job. Deputy Merry has told me I will be attending events and meetings in the area.” The office is between the Ceramics Club and the back entrance for Sawdust Engineers. It is under an overhang and faces the Lawn Bowling court. The phone number is 813-2425515. Hillman, who prefers to be called Shelby, says, “If I am not in the office, please leave a message with your name, number and the reason you are calling.” In October Shelby will be attending a conference about scams. She is also being trained by former Community Services

Aides Sarah Hauman and Deb Vijil. Shelby says, “Deputy Merry says our office is ‘The Google for Sun City Center.’ We can tell you how to navigate nonemergency concerns about police affairs. If we cannot help you with an issue, we can direct you to someone who can. We take information if you have been scammed. We write reports for check fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft and other issues.” Shelby says she is very outgoing and would like to meet residents. Stop by to say “hello’” between 8:00 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. She would love to talk with you.

HOPE Fund Scholars Receive Scholarships

By Andrea L.T. Peterson Way back, before the turn of the century—before the two young men profiled herein were even born—members of Sun City Center’s American Association of University Women (AAUW) was looking for ways to find and meet the needs of young people in neighboring Wimauma. It was 1995, and charter club member, June Murphy sought ways to occupy herself during the summers when Sun City Center (SCC) clubs were on seasonal hiatus. She asked SCC resident and club member Carla Miles to “go to Wimauma and see what needed to be done. Maybe start a baseball team,” she suggested. Miles, unsure where to begin, contacted Carolyn Rhodes, a seamstress in Wimauma. She then asked Rhodes, whose kids were grown, to “go to her community,” Bethune Park, in particular, and see what the club could do for kids in Wimauma. What they found at the park was: three employees and just five kids. Why so few children? Most families couldn’t afford the tuition for enrollment in the park’s offerings. So, the AAUW members sought donations (you can still donate to: The Hope Fund Carla Miles, 658 Chipper Dr., SCC, FL 33573-5876). In 2000, club members were invited to speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church. “Before we could even ask,” says Miles, “people were asking ‘what can we do?’” Right away they got their first five mentors, tutors, and readers. They started a bowling program and an art program— “not to make artists, but to make creative people,” says Miles— and organized a Kids’ Marathon. And they continued to solicit donations and volunteers. When Bethune Park no longer

Elvis Garcia and his family.

charged tuition, the AAUW members sought appropriate ways to spend collected funds. Thus, the birth of The HOPE Scholarship Program, now managed by club member and SCC resident, Angie Maze. Maze says, “It was Carla’s goal for kids who have gone through the HOPE programs at the park to help get kids to first finish high school, then continue to get an education.” They were surprised, says Maze, that “When we asked kids what they wanted to do then they grew up, one girl said, ‘I wanna work at McDonald’s ‘cause it’s airconditioned.’” Others told Maze they wanted “to work in the fields and pick strawberries like our parents!’” But the AAUW members wanted the kids to see there were other options. They could be anything they wanted! And they wanted to make those options possible! In the last few years several students have availed themselves of the generosity of the AAUW club. Through the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) which offers career guidance and a lengthy list of scholarships for which students can apply, Elvis Garcia, 23, and David Ramirez, 19, — both children of migrant workers — have advanced their education and career options through the program.

David Ramirez

Garcia says, “My family picked tomatoes and oranges in Florida, then moved to Michigan” where they would harvest apples and cherries. “I went to five different elementary schools just in Florida,” he says. His family was always seeking a suitable living situation. It wasn’t until the end of his time in middle school that they found a home to rent and, eventually, to buy. At Beth Shields then Lennard High, he says he “came of age. Able to make friends he knew he wouldn’t lose [in a few months when the family followed the crops]. He says as “a very friendly person,” he was “able to say hello and just be friendly.” At first, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. Wanting to help others and being as

‘social’ as he wants to be, he found nursing and entered the nursing program. Thanks to the HOPE Scholarship, he was able to get his Associate of Science of Nursing and his Associate of Arts degrees. He’s gearing up to take his boards (NCLEX) to be a licensed registered nurse. David Ramirez, born in Brandon, was able to grow up locally, in Wimauma. In fact, his mother worked with Carla Miles where, through a program for migrant workers’ children, David became acquainted with the HOPE programs. An artist, he was able to use the scholarship to pursue a degree in studio arts with a focus on animation. Ramirez, highly motivated to pursue his career goals, completed almost two years of college at USF while still in high school. In addition, he is in the middle of several personal projects at this time. According to Miles and Maze, scholarships are for one year, but students can reapply for the following year(s). Once limited to one scholarship per year, Miles says they can accommodate “as many as apply. We have no requirements, but applicants must meet HCC requirements.” Maze adds that they also offer scholarships for “mature” students—those over 25 wanting to advance their careers or find new options. The hard part, the two women agree, is “getting the word out.” They liaise with high school contacts and, of course, the HCC Foundation counselors advise students of the HOPE Fund and its scholarships which cover tuition and books. If you’re looking for something invaluable to do with your time and/or resources, volunteers and donations are always needed and welcome!.

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New Volleyball Courts Coming

A local resident recently stopped by the SCC Archery Club’s range to see what was happening. To join the Archery Club, you need to be a CA member or a KP Gold Card holder. For club information call club president Mark Erickson 810-407-1768. (Photo by Mike Barkman).

The SCCCA Board of Directors approved contracts for community property improvements including two new volleyball courts in Phase 1. Phase 2 reportedly includes night lighting and a sand court. The current two courts will be closed tentatively during September and October, and the current courts changed to pickleball courts. The new courts will be behind the current courts located in the sports complex on S. Pebble Beach Blvd. behind pickleball. The sand court is not scheduled for completion until 2023. Club President Jodie Rector said the club is “looking into using nearby volleyball facilities to use during the shutdown period.”

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Caregivers Support Group Meeting

September 6, at 1 p.m. Beth Israel Jewish Congregation Linda Mumford, retired Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, will present “How the Wolf Became Man’s Best Friend: The History of the Dog.” There are no fees to attend. All are welcome. Snacks will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, please email Barb at “” or Donna at “”.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of Every Month at 2 p.m. UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave. As a caregiver, you may feel alone and closed, yet you continue to care for your loved one. You may get tired, frustrated, and may feel alone in your daily caregiving. Caregivers Support Group is here to share, to give each other support, and you will find out there is no judgment. All are welcome.

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Thursdays at 10 a.m. through November 10, at Trinity Baptist, 702 W. Del Webb Blvd. Facilitated by Ginger Corbet. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after the death of a loved one.

Every Wednesday, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W. Come enjoy a free lunch, beverage, and homemade dessert. RSVP at 813-634-1252 to reserve your seat. Meals are prepared by Metropolitan Ministries in collaboration with Andy’s Kitchen. Lunch will be served by your Sun City Center neighbors.

Taco and Games

Tuesday, September 13, at 12 noon St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W. Two Tacos and a beverage for $5 plus games. Bring your friends and play your favorites including Mexican Train, Rummikub, Hand+Foot. Tickets are available at the front office Monday through Thursday 10 to 1 p.m. Info: 813-634-1252.

Pizza and a Movie Night

Thursday, September 15, at 5 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W. All the pizza you can eat, homemade cake of your choice, soft drink, plus a great movie all for a $7 ticket, which you may purchase at the church office. The office is open from Monday through Thursday from 10 to 1 p.m. Info: 813-634-1252.

Qigong Classes Beginning Sept. 19

Every Monday at 1 p.m. and every Thursday at 11 a.m. Classes begin September 19 St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W. Daline Dudley, M.Ed., M.S.W., who is certified through the National Qigong Association, will be the instructor. A $5 donation for each class is suggested. Qigong is effective in helping heal life challenges including high blood pressure and chronic illness due to emotional stress among other things. The classes are a combination of slow, gentle movements with deep breathing techniques. Info: Daline Dudley 860-605-7868.

Annual Blue Mass

Wednesday, September 21, at 10 a.m. Prince of Peace, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. The Knights of Columbus Council # 7282 extends an open invitation to our Annual Blue Mass honoring our local First Responders. The Blue Mass pays tribute to law enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel, 911 operators and corrections officers. This is an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude to these First Responders and their families who proudly serve our surrounding communities, those retired from their ranks and especially to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The first Blue Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. on September 29, 1934. For any additional information, please contact Jeff Stephanz at 813-679-2094.

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Tickets on sale NOW for Pelican Players presentation of “Crimes of Fashion“ an original mystery play by James Williams at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Dr. West, on November 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. The price is $25 and includes a delicious dinner of chicken François. Tickets are on sale in the church office Monday through Thursday from 10 to 1 p.m. Info: 813-634-1252

Trumpeter Returning to UMC

Rolando Fernandez and Teodora Mitze-Circiumaru organ and trumpet concert Sunday, September 25, at 3 p.m. UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave. While Mitze-Circiumaru began her UMCSCC organ career in January, she has been extensively involved with musical performance for the last 18 years. She also plays piano, harpsichord, celesta, and harmonium. MitzeCirciumaru’s musical guest Rolando Fernandez is a native of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. He is a founding member of the Atlanta Chamber Brass, and leads an active career as a performer and educator. A $10 donation at the door will be requested on the day of the concert.

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By Bob Sanchez On July 27, the ER at Sun City Center hosted a Community Expo to show off the brand-new facility to the public. The free-standing building is an extension of Manatee Memorial Hospital. Attendees were treated to coffee and donuts as well as a tour of the facilities conducted by Amy Beaubien, Director of Imaging Services at Manatee Memorial Hospital. She noted that the building was constructed in Alabama in sections and assembled on its US301 site “like Lego pieces.” The Expo featured many of the services Manatee Memorial Hospital offers, including emergency care, cardiac care, stroke care, blood pressure checks, wound care, cancer awareness education, and weight loss. Participating organizations included Manatee Physicians Alliance, Manatee Diagnostic Centers, and Manatee Outpatient Rehab. “This expo will help provide awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease,” stated Tom McDougal, CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital. “We are proud of our expansion in the Sun City Center area, and we look forward to meeting the needs of our new neighbors in the community. The Sun City Center Freestanding ER is ready for you!”

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BOOK REVIEW Heart to Heart with Ellen Hart By Andrea L. T. Peterson I met author Ellen Hart at a writers’ conference back in 1991, shortly after her first Jane Lawless mystery “Hallowed Murder,” was published. I’ve been a fan ever since! For the better part of the decade before, as a life-long food lover and culinary school graduate, she was a chef. With no jobs available, seeking to just be around the kitchens of some of the best dining establishments in Minnesota, she was offered jobs. The offer she accepted was from a University of Minnesota sorority. So, it’s no mystery that her first book, begun during the university’s summer breaks, was set in a sorority at the University of Minnesota. “It was just me and four or five busboys. I had to make lunches and dinners… it was different all the time. And I could set up buffets for different events! It was so much fun” cooking for the girls who would stand outside the kitchen “serenading and cheering” her on. She rolled her years as a trained, professional chef into both her Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenway mystery series, setting murder and mayhem, mysteries and fine dining in Minnesota. More than 30 books later (including a handful of Sophie Greenway culinary mysteries) it’s time to rest. More than 30 years of writing one or two books a year was getting to be “too much,” says Hart. She won many awards and honors—even lifetime achievement awards--including The Mystery Writers of America Edgar Grand Master of Mystery award in 2017--putting her in the company of her childhood literary heroes and inspirations as well as many of her amazing contemporaries like Jeffrey Deaver, Ken Follet, Martha Grimes, Sue Grafton, and Stephen King! “That [honor] was incredible,” she says. Asked what Jane Lawless and

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Our Lady’s Pantry is Helping Vets

Our Lady’s Pantry has been open for 22 years to help fight hunger among our neighbors, says Tom Bullaro. Bullaro, who is the co-director of Our Lady’s Pantry, along with his wife Anita, explained that a few years ago, the Pantry started working with Seniors in Service (SIS), a non-profit group in Tampa. This group specializes in connecting people over age 55 with non-profits in surrounding counties, to make a difference and change lives through community service. Since then, SIS volunteers have been coming to our Pantry every week to help in our work. Recently, Glarisol Traspalacios, from SIS, contacted Bullaro to tell him about Operation Veterans Connect (OVC), a program under the umbrella of SIS. Traspalacios is the program manager of OVC. The mission of this group, which includes volunteers over the age of 19, is to connect veterans, active militaries, and their families to community resources. Through this connection, they can

increase their knowledge about their benefits, have access to care, and engage veterans in assisting their fellow veterans through volunteer service. “We are thrilled to learn about OVC and work with them in this capacity,” said Bullaro. “Until now, we never had a special program dedicated to helping former military men and women among our clients. “Starting about a month ago, when clients come for food, Anita asks them if they are military,” said Bullaro. “With the help of Jim Mecsko, the Pantry’s computer specialist, we identify them as such in our computer, which digital information we can then share with OVC. “Anita and Jim really made this happen,” Bullaro added. “Now we can go that extra mile to help these vets, a few of whom have no place to live and no food. OVC is doing fantastic work and we are so pleased to help identify these veterans who come to the Pantry.” For more info, visit “www.”.

Flora Until September 25

Creative flower photographs are spread throughout Selby Gardens. It is a lovely exhibit, worth a visit if you like gardens, flowers, photography or excursions.

By Kai Rambow Selby Gardens does it again! Flora Imaginaria is yet another creative, inspiring show. This time it’s creative photographs spread throughout the path closest to Sarasota Bay. Some of the world’s best photographers were tapped to provide a wide range of images. Instead of just taking great pictures, these photographers used their imaginations to create some stunning and provocative images. “The stroll through the garden to see photographs provides a unique sensory experience,” remarked one visitor. Tips for a Great Trip Timing: Recommend arriving for opening time at 10. Most of the exhibit is outdoors, so you’ll

want to be there during cooler temperatures and morning shade. Parking: The parking deck is under construction. In the meantime, Selby has thoughtfully set up complimentary valet parking. An early start should be helpful here as well. Seeing the show: Getting a map at the entrance should be helpful. Head for the wedding pavilion and work your way towards the Payne Mansion. The mansion has pieces for the show. The mansion is air conditioned and a great way to finish seeing everything. Clothing: You’ll mostly be in the shade, but you may need sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and of course, your camera.

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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 Send all events by e-mail to 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: 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 which is updated every weekend.

MON. SEP 5, 12, 19, 26 - A NEW YOU, PINK BOUTIQUE 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. The shop carries an array of breast cancer apparel, including a zip-front, post-surgical camisole with drain management; breast prostheses; wigs; mastectomy bras; pocketed swimwear; shapers; and more. A New You, Pink Boutique collaborates with Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Cancer and HCA Florida Brandon Hospital, HCA Florida South Shore Hospital and a host of surgeons and oncologists. Accepted insurance includes Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Tricare, CarePlus and more. Info: “” or 813661-7465. TUE. SEP 6 - CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING 2 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1971 Haverford Ave. for a caregivers support group that meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 2 p.m. Come see that you have friends that are here to help you cope by listening and laughing together, with suggestions, and support for your 24-hour a day journey. Info: 813-634-2539. WED. SEP 7, 14, 21, 28 THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class is offered every Wednesday. FYI, You will

The News be required to wear a mask to protect our residents. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. FRI. SEP 9 – LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1 – 2:30 p.m. AT Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Guest will be Vita Bell, an inspiring member of our group, who will provide information regarding Talking Books - what they are, how to apply, how to select audio books, etc., and how to use devices for talking books. Vita is legally blind, but navigates her way through life as if she had full sight. These programs are designed to help people gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks independently through assistive technology and devices. MON. SEP 12 - TAKE THE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (please arrive 20 minutes early) Sun City Center Atrium Bldg., Class is in the Caper Room, 1009 Pebble Beach Blvd. North, Sun City Center Fl. 33573. Refresh your driving skills and explore the latest traffic laws. Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. Discover proven driving methods to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. CLASSROOM COURSE - $20 for AARP members | $25 for non-members. TO FIND ADDITIONAL COURSES IN YOUR AREA: Call 1-888-773-7160 or visit or call 813-862-8397. Registration is required. THU. SEP 15 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING TO TEST YOUR BALANCE 10 a.m. - 12 noon at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center in our Outpatient Therapy department. Are you at risk? Our therapists from Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more now? Call to schedule today 813-331-3035. THU. SEP 15 - VETERANS CLUB 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Calling all Veterans! Meet your fellow Veterans and share stories. Pam Plager from Operation Veteran Connect will be speaking. Veteran Connect engages volunteers who are veterans or family members who feel a special calling to serve other Veterans. Info: Michelle Mason “” or 813-492-8920. FRI. SEPT. 16 – LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Guest Speaker Vita Bell, Low Vision Group Member will discuss the benefits of Talking Books for those who are blind, vision or hearing impaired, or have physical or reading disabilities; demonstrate use of the device and offer instruction to apply for Library Services. Ken Barringer, another Low Vision Member will introduce his new book “Making Healthy Choices”.


MON. SEP 19 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center in the theater. Our speaker will be Jan Heckinger, trained by Senior Helpers Parkinson’s program. As a caregiver of a spouse with Parkinson’s, Jan will share tools to help you navigate your partner’s journey. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. Info: Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. SEP 20 - CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING 2 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1971 Haverford Ave. for a caregivers support group that meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 2 p.m. As a caregiver you may feel alone and closed yet you continue to care for your loved one. You may get tired, frustrated, and may feel alone in your daily caregiving. Caregivers Support Group is here to share, to give each other support, and you will find out there is no judgment. Info: 813-634-2539. ED. SEP 21 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment only at Sun Towers Retirement Community. In partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, we are seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account

of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. Please call Chris Clermont at Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. THU. SEP 22 - HEALTHY HABITS LEARNING SERIES WITH CARE ACCESS 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Each month we learn about ways to live our best lives. Sponsored by Seniors in Service and Sun Towers this month’s speaker is Care Access talking about Alzheimer’s. In this stimulating discussion you will learn some of the newest thoughts on Alzheimer’s. THU. SEP 29 - SCC EMERGENCY SQUAD INFORMATION MEETING 10 a.m. in the Squad’s Training Center at 124 South Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun City Center. If you are new to the area or have been here a while and are looking for something fun and worthwhile to do, consider attending this meeting. You don’t need any medical training to join the Squad as any of the needed training will be provided by the Squad. The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is the last all-volunteer ambulance service in Florida where no one is paid, and the Squad never charges anyone for their services. Info: 813-434-4184.

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