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Bring your Valentine to the dinner dance

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By Nancy Archer

The next Cherrywood community event will be our Valentine's Dinner Dance on Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now - see Nancy at Bingo - this has always been a sellout. Cost is $12.50 per person.

Marty Carroll will entertain and the menu is of baked ziti and meatballs, smothered chicken, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and beverages - and our sweet table.

Keep your eye on the Chirp for news about the upcoming Luau.

Until next time, be safe and most important be happy, Linda Hallermeier and the team.

Sock Hop

The next Sock Hop will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. Come out and join your Cherrywood neighbors for a fun night out. Music by Richard Becotte and there will be a?50/50 drawing.

Cherrywood Quilters

Thanks to everyone who came to our Jan. 8 meeting. The New Year began with much enthusiasm. There were 12 members in attendance.

We cordially invite anyone who would like to see what we are all about to ?come on down to the Clubhouse.? We meet first and third Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m.

Songbirds

After a very busy holiday season, and some much needed rest, the Cherrywood Songbirds have once again gone into full practice mode for our spring programs. We have added Irish melodies and Broadway tunes to our repertoire.

New members, men and women, are welcome to join our group - no tryouts, just a desire to sing. Practice is at the Clubhouse on Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m.

We would like to thank all of the organizations that invited us to perform over the holidays, we look forward to returning in the future.

For more information, call Sharon at 291-6619, or Edna at 291-8815.

Bowling League

All of the Cherrywood bowlers were concerned for Ruth Perez, and would like to send our best wishes to her after she had a fall on the bowling lanes. We hope she is doing well now that she is on the mend. Now on to our report:

Men's high game scores: Rich Hurley 219, Chick Spencer 200, George Fontana 196.

Women's high game scores: Christl Giovanniello 182, Ruth Hurley 176, SanDee Spencer 169.

Bowlers of the week: Janet Francis +66, Rich Whitworth +52.

Submitted by Fran Hall, secretary/treasurer.

Democratic Club

The Cherrywood Democrats will welcome Sheriff Ed Dean to the Feb. 15 meeting. Originally appointed by late Governor Lawton Chiles in November 1988, Marion County voters chose to keep him in office in 2000 and 2004.

He was born June 9, 1945 in Los Angeles, Calif. He and his wife, Sarah, have four adult children and 10 grandchildren.

Sheriff Dean believes in community police work and it is his goal is to continually reduce crime. He believes in close communication with his deputies and the public to whom they promise to service and protect. Meet our sheriff, and he will answer questions from the audience.

Christmas 2007 was our best party ever. The volunteers for setup and cleanup enabled all to enjoy the festivities. Thanks therefore to Pat McKenna, Vincent Polise, David Delie and Bob Fraeges for a job well done.

There was plenty of delicious food, cakes, cookies, coffee and beverages. Everyone received a gift from the grab bag.

We were very pleased that County Commissioner Barbara Fitos and her father, 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel, Marion County Democratic Committee Chairman Bruce Seaman, activities director Geri Watrouse and Frank, and Nancy Archer were able to attend.

A dear friend and fellow Democrat, Harry Plow (Ploschitzki), passed away Dec. 27, 2007 at the age of 82. Harry was born April 19, 1925 in Germany.

He was sent to forced labor camps during WW II and witnessed firsthand the atrocities and inhumanity inflicted on fellow human beings. Because of his wartime experiences, Mr. Plow devoted much of his life to helping those in need, and passing on the story of the Holocaust.

We offer our condolences to Irene, his wife of 54 years, at her loss.

Remember that we are Proud Americans and Proud Democrats.

Voter registration cards are available. If are not registered or wish to change party affiliation, we are able to make changes.

The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets on the third Friday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. For information, call Harriet Scarpino at 873-9955.

Cherrywood Dining

Conserve energy, get out of the kitchen and forget about dirty dishes. We have some tasty takeout dinners planned for Cherrywood residents.

Tuesday, Jan. 29: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, $5 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 5: Baked ziti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, $5 per person.

To order dinners, call Nancy at 861-1432.

Travel Club

There are still several new trips available this winter. Fliers for all trips?are on the rack next to the water fountain in the Clubhouse. Get your name in the Travel Club book if you want to go. If you want to confirm a trip, call Nancy 861-1432.

Friday, Feb. 8: Journey back to the Middle Ages at Medieval Times, $62. Bus, reserved matinee show seats, complete meal, taxes and gratuities.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: There is wait list for the Orlando shopping trip to the IKEA store.

Monday, Feb. 25: We?re going to Lakeland Center for a live performance with Charlie Prose, $76. His piano playing and stories about are a treat. Bus, lunch, reserved seats for the 2 p.m. show, taxes and tips.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: There?s a wait list for the remake of The Rat Pack, at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Saturday, March, 1: Smucker?s Stars on Ice show now has a wait list.

Wednesday, March 12: Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, $125. Lunch at Sam Seltzer?s prior to the 2 p.m. show, reserved seats, taxes and gratuities.

Monday, March 25: An afternoon with the Irish Rovers at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $64. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer?s, reserved seats for 1 p.m. show, taxes and gratuities.

Wednesday, March 26: Spring training baseball, Phillies vs. Yankees at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, $54. Seats for the 1:05 p.m. game, bus and tip for driver. Lunch on your own at the ballpark.

March 30 to April 2: There is a wait list for the trip and three nights in Charleston, S.C.

Thursday, April 17: Take a Mystery Trip for a day full of fun, $67. Can?t say where we?re going, but no gambling and some walking. Includes a full lunch.

Wednesday, April 23: Take in the Bermuda Avenue Triangle at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $85. A story of two widows in a retirement condo in Las Vegas, where they fall in love and lust with a charming swindler. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer?s, reserved seats for 2 p.m. show, taxes and gratuities.

Sunday, May 11: Mother?s Day show at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill with the New Dawn Singers, $67. Complete dinner buffet, reserved seats for the matinee, taxes and gratuities.

Thursday, May 15: There is a wait list for Big Bawdy Burlesque at the Show Palace in Hudson.

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We are heading to Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, Miss. on April 14, for a four-day, three-night gaming excursion at the Golden Moon Casino. If you tire of gambling there is a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pool, and golf courses.

Fully escorted trip includes round trip motor coach, hotel, three buffet meals, and new casino members receive casino T-shirt and $25 in casino play for $179 per person double occupancy. Bring a valid photo ID or players club card. Call Natalie at 854-4561 by March 10 for reservations.

Nancy Archer, husband, Frank, and their daughter Christine are nine-year Cherrywood residents and they enjoy the community. Get Cherrywood news to her at bluejay10453@hotmail.com, by Thursday mornings.